Wrap-Up and Success Tips
Episode #10 of the course Streamline your life to have more time for what matters by Liz Huber
Congratulations for making it this far! By now, you should have all the knowledge and tools you need to effectively streamline every area of your life.
Let’s recap what you’ve learned in this course by reviewing the five-step process and tips for streamlining success!
The Five-Step Streamlining Process
Analyze > Eliminate > Optimize > Automate > Outsource
Whenever you feel overwhelmed, mentally drained, or stressed out in an area of your life, you can use this process to claim back your time and focus on what is really important right now.
Step 1: Analyze how you are spending your time by tracking yourself and your commitments in a journal or time tracker. As soon as something becomes recurring, it is worth streamlining. However, what you choose to streamline is entirely up to you (for example, time-consuming and tedious tasks that give you no joy, purpose, or income).
Step 2: Eliminate anything that is not absolutely necessary. Learn to say “no” more often, and break tasks and processes down to the minimum effective workload with the 80/20 principle.
Step 3: Optimize tasks by finding the most efficient workflow for them. Document your processes and always ask yourself: “How can this be more efficient?” For instance, batch similar tasks together, and assign weekly time slots so you can make a habit out of it. Or use a tool like todoist as an external brain, and take advantage of Parkinson’s Law by setting clear time limits for your tasks.
Step 4: Automate tasks by using technology to perform manual and time-consuming processes. For example, automate recurring deliveries with Amazon Subscribe & Save, use IFTTT and Zapier to perform simple digital tasks for you, or use automatic email filters to keep your inbox clutter-free.
Step 5: Outsource or delegate anything that is still taking up your time unnecessarily. Whether you distribute tasks among your team, hire a cleaner, or use a virtual assistant to plan your next trip—there is nothing that can’t be delegated if you put your ego aside and are willing to use money to buy back your time!
Streamlining Success Tips
Get clear on your streamlining goals first: What do you want to do with your extra time? Make your intentions clear before you start to optimize your life; otherwise, you’ll just end up working more or not knowing what to do with your extra time!
Constantly question your habits and behavior to identify streamlining potential:
• Do I really need to do this, or can I say “NO” to this?
• How can this be done more efficiently?
• Can I use technology to automate this process?
• Is it really necessary that I do this or can it be done by someone else?
Shift your mindset:
• from doing the maximum possible to doing the minimum necessary
• from doing everything to focusing on what you do best and like most
• from valuing money over time to using money to buy time
Document recurring tasks as a step-by-step process. This will help you uncover inefficiencies, stick to your optimized process, and easily outsource it to someone else.
Now it’s time to go out there and start streamlining your life so you can focus on what is really important instead of grinding away on your never-ending list of tedious tasks and commitments!
Take Action Today: Make time for something that is really important in your life!
All my best for your streamlining success!
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