Managing Your Time

Around these parts we’ve spent each month of 2018 exploring a different topic for self-improvement.

As we approach the end of 2018, we’re spending the last several weeks of the year reviewing what we’ve learned.

We’ve already recapped our January deep dive on life planning and our February explanation of personal finance basics. The next subjects we dove into were time management and productivity. Continue reading “Managing Your Time”

Better Life – Third Quarter Update

2018 is a year of self-improvement.

I’m spending each month exploring a different area of life and figuring out how best to improve and optimize.

As of the last quarterly update we had covered life planning, personal finance basics, time management, the science of happiness, money and happiness, and health.

Since then, we’ve added philosophy and happiness, investing and the economy, and relationships.

Let’s check in for the third quarter update. Continue reading “Better Life – Third Quarter Update”

Better Life – Second Quarter Update

2018 is a year of self-improvement.

I’m spending each month exploring a different area of life and figuring out how best to improve and optimize.

So far we’ve covered life planning, personal finance basics, time management, the science of happiness, money and happiness, and health.

We’re halfway through the year, so it’s time for a quarterly check in. Continue reading “Better Life – Second Quarter Update”

When More Money Will Make You Less Happy

We’ve been spending this month exploring how best to spend our money to get the most happiness.

We’ve covered a lot of ground already, including a few ways to get more happiness out of the money that you already spend and some places that we should be spending more money.

When looking at the big picture, we learned that there is a certain threshold where having less money will make you less happy.

But today we are going to explore when more money will make you less happy. Continue reading “When More Money Will Make You Less Happy”

Could You Be Happier?

Alright, so we all want to be happier.

We make, save, and spend money to increase our happiness. We increase our productivity to achieve more success in order to be happier. We manage our time better so that we have more free time to pursue things that will make us happier.

But can we actually make ourselves happier?

Before diving into an exploration of the things that will make us happier, it is worth stopping and understanding whether it is even possible to improve our own happiness in the first place. Continue reading “Could You Be Happier?”

Better Life – First Quarter Update

I’ve dubbed 2018 the year of improvement.

Each month we are exploring a different area of life and figuring out how to be better.

In January we explored life planning. February was for personal finance basics. And March was all about time management.

I am sharing as much information as I can learn about each topic. However, at the heart of the project is an experiment in applying everything that I learn to myself.

The end of March marks the end of the first quarter of 2018, so let’s check in. Continue reading “Better Life – First Quarter Update”

When is Good Enough Good Enough?

Welcome back to time management month at Optimize Your Life.

I hope that what we’ve covered so far has been helpful, but maybe you’re already maximizing your efficiency.

Maybe you’ve already tracked your time and made a plan.

Maybe you’ve scheduled your unscheduled time and gotten enough sleep.

Maybe you’ve quit multitasking, started working in blocks, and cut out your time vices.

If you’ve already done all of that and you still don’t have time to do everything that you want to do, it’s time to bring in the Pareto Principle. Continue reading “When is Good Enough Good Enough?”

What Are Your Time Vices?

March is time management month around here, and we’ve already explored a lot of different topics.

We’ve learned how to track our time and how to plan what we want to do with our time.

We’ve explored why it is important to schedule unscheduled time and to sleep more.

We’ve figured out how to be more efficient by avoiding multitasking and utilizing time blocks.

You may have noticed something missing.

We are 22 days into time management month and I have yet to tell you to stop wasting time on things that don’t matter.

Well…here you go. Continue reading “What Are Your Time Vices?”

Get More Done by Working in Blocks

Hi, friends! Before we start – the voting is open for the Elite 8 in the Rockstar Finance contest to find the best personal finance article of 2017! I would greatly appreciate your vote. My article is “Pay” in Game 4. Thanks!

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming…

 

As part of our month exploring time management, we spent the last article focused on decreasing multitasking.

Multitasking is harmful to our productivity because our brain is actually switching modes back and forth between the two things that we think we’re doing simultaneously.

In getting rid of multitasking, we eliminate that “cognitive switching” that slows our brain down.

But why stop there? Why not take this to the next level and work on making transitions between tasks easier on our brains?

Today, we’re going to explore blocking our time. Continue reading “Get More Done by Working in Blocks”

How You’re Killing Your Own Productivity

We’re spending the month of March exploring time management and how to optimize it.

On Tuesday, we looked at sleep. Cutting back on sleep seems intuitively like a good way to increase productivity, but actually makes things worse.

Today’s topic is similar.

When we struggle to get as much as we want done, we often fall back on multitasking.

Like sleeping less, this makes intuitive sense, but ends up hurting us according to the data. Continue reading “How You’re Killing Your Own Productivity”