During a recent trip to Hong Kong, I spent a considerable chunk of time listening to the Time Management audio recording by Tony Robbins via his Breakthrough app. I purchased the recording which is over 18 hours long so I could learn how to stop living by never-ending to-do lists. I mainly wanted to know how I could claim more time back in life so I could spend on doing more things that I love.
I’ve always lived by to-do lists. If things weren’t organised or scheduled in a list, or my calendar, I couldn’t function. After listening to only half of the audio recording, I was already able to introduce some time-saving strategies, which freed up a considerable amount of time. So I’m going to share with you some major areas which I’ve changed to claim back more time.
How to delete your to-do lists
Living by a to-do list is not a way of life so here are some of the things I’ve changed:
– Chunk tasks together and leverage where possible
Instead of having individual “must-do” tasks, group tasks which are similar together. By chunking them together, it’s easier to identify patterns and trends which allow you to complete more than one activity at the same time.
– Outsource time-consuming tasks
After doing a quick time audit (writing down where I spent most of my time), I identified that cooking was one of the most time-consuming tasks. So why wasn’t I outsourcing cooking?
I spent around 28 hours a month buying groceries, cooking and prepping food. That’s all changed because we now have a personal chef. The darling Nadia from Plants and Knives comes in once a week and prepares plant-based meals for the two of us for four days. It’s so incredible how outsourcing this one task has made my weeks a lot less stressful.
– Create a Life plan
I brainstormed areas in my personal and professional life that I wanted to improve. This was the first step to creating my life plan, a one-page document that I now use to reflect one every week. Creating a life plan means I stop thinking about “what do I have to do this week” and instead focus on what I want to accomplish as well as what type of mindset I want to be in for the week.
This journey of being a more efficient person started a while back when we started investing time into programs like The Entourage, so Tony Robbins feels naturally like the next step if self-improvement. I’m excited to see how this new journey evolves because I’m super keen to purchase other audio recordings that are relevant to areas of my life which I want to improve.