I have been obsessed with productivity ever since I was a teenager.
At 11, I picked up my first self-help book, and since then I’ve spent a lot of my time trying out new methods and systems to streamline my life. So much so, that I host Mamamia's productivity podcast, 8 Minutes To Change Your (Work) Life.
Out of the hundreds of hacks I’ve tried, only a handful of systems have really stuck. These are my favourites – the ones that require very little effort but have had a massive impact on my time and productivity.
Hack #1: Timeblocking
Timeblocking is the method of splitting your day into hourly blocks – each block can be assigned to a specific task or an event, which allows you to focus on one thing at a time.
I love this method because it creates an overview of my day: the things I will concentrate on, and the tasks that will be completed. It gives me a schedule I can follow and I can feel confident that I’m now ticking tasks off my list.
The best part about timeblocking is how it makes every task tangible – by giving it a time slot during the day, I’m taking the task out of my head and onto a page. And all you need to start timeblocking is a digital calendar or a blank piece of paper!
Hack #2: Bundle what you can together
In life, we are bombarded with so many different fragmented things to coordinate – incoming bills arriving by email or physical mail, work items using countless apps and tools, subscriptions on endless different platforms that all need their own logins...
Constantly switching between them all to find what I need to pay for, reply to, or find throws me off and wastes lots of time.
So in order to be as efficient as I can, I tend to bundle as much as I can together, and find ways to automate or 'set and forget' that just takes care of it for me.
One of my favourite hacks is Optus SubHub – a simple way to group my monthly subscriptions together, that saves me money by paying for them on one account.