3 Tricks To Help You Work Less and Accomplish More

Alyssa Atkinson

Boost productivity and optimize your time.

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Whether you head into the office every day or you work remotely from home, there is probably one question that is constantly circulating through your mind — ‘how can I get this task done as quickly as possible?’

It makes sense. The more efficient you are with your work, the more you accomplish, and the less time you actually have to clock completing that task. 

From a business and even a personal standpoint, that extra time could be used for any number of things, including:

  • Hanging out with family and friends
  • Completing other work tasks
  • Starting a side hustle
  • Expanding your income streams
  • Devoting time to a hobby or passion project

As you can see, optimizing work efficiency is incredibly important for earning your time back and ultimately achieving greater success. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to master. In fact, I used to be horrible at working efficiently, especially in college. 

However, through this past year of self employment, I have found a few key tasks which allow me to accomplish more in less time, and have ultimately allowed me to devote that time to other work projects. Here they are. 

1. I devote 70–80 percent of my time to this. 

When I first started working for myself, I had one main income stream — my online shops. I devoted almost 100 percent of my time to it, as it was my job. I thought that I was optimizing my time, but in reality, I needed to diversify. 

Now, I take a slightly different approach, and it has paid off immensely. I focus 70–80 percent of my time each day on my main income stream, and I utilize that other 20–30 percent of my day for other things (which I will describe in more detail in task two below). 

By devoting only 70–80 percent of my time to my main income stream, I have opened up opportunities to work on other projects. On top of that, I no longer have all my eggs in one basket, so if my online shops were to hit a tough period, I would still be able to pay my bills, which makes me feel a lot less stressed financially. 

Interestingly enough, many successful entrepreneurs actually use a similar strategy. In fact, in a study which surveyed 233 wealthy individuals’ daily habits and compared them with 128 lower-earning individuals, self-made millionaires generated their income from more than one source:

  • 65 percent had three streams of income
  • 45 percent had four streams of income
  • 29 percent had five or more streams of income

The evidence is clear that multiple income streams can help you build your finances. Even if you have a standard 9–5 job, you could adopt this strategy by adding a side hustle. 

Some of the side hustles I have done over the past six years include:

  • Online Tutoring
  • Selling goods on sites like Ebay, Mercari, Poshmark, and Depop
  • Doing freelance food videography
  • Blogging and content creation

There are many to choose from, and some of them don’t even require any startup costs. If you choose something you’re passionate in, a side hustle could be a very enjoyable way to make some extra cash. Plus, it has the potential for future growth if you stay consistent with it. 

2. I utilize 20 — 30 percent of my time for this. 

Now that I have 20–30 percent of my time freed up, I use that time to pursue new potential income streams. 

Most of them are passion projects that I don’t actually expect to receive any money from. However, they do have the potential to grow over time. 

The projects I am currently working on include:

  • Creating and posting recipes twice per week on my vegan food blog
  • Creating my e-cookbook filled with 50 healthy vegan recipes
  • Content creation on TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest
  • Posting one video each week on my vegan food and lifestyle focused YouTube channel

While these projects pay little to no money right now, I truly enjoy doing the work they involve, and they do have potential to make money later. 

Plus, my readers and followers get access to healthy recipes and vegan food content, and platforms like my blog and YouTube channel allow me to give it out to them for free. 


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3. I write this out in as much detail as possible. 

The final key task that helps me work less while accomplishing more is writing my daily schedule out in incredible detail.

Not only do I block out a period of time for each task to keep myself accountable, but I also color code everything, plan everything out one week in advance, and make my daily to-do list highly specific. 

As a very visual learner and person in general, this extremely detailed schedule planning method helps me optimize my time so I can work efficiently. 

Plus, Forbes states:

“It is essential that you are extremely clear with every task that makes it on to your list. Lack of clarity can make a task virtually impossible to achieve.”

While making your to-do list more specific might cost you a few extra minutes in the moment, it will save you a lot of time later when you know exactly what you need to get done and how to accomplish it. 

The takeaway here is that if you haven’t tried planning in advance and making a highly specific to-do list or schedule, you should definitely give it a go. It is one of my top recommendations for work efficiency and productivity. 

Final Thoughts

Time management is one of the greatest contributing factors to overall work efficiency and success. 

By adopting some key strategies, like devoting 70 percent of my time to my main income stream, and utilizing 30 percent of my time to explore new potential opportunities, I have been able to accomplish more work in less time. 

By honing in on your strengths and working on your weaknesses, you too will be able to accomplish far more, and ultimately gain back the one thing that everyone needs more of — time. 

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Ohio U XC/Track alum. I love to run. I blog about food, health, fitness, lifestyle, etc. Personal Blog - nomeatfastfeet.com | Electrical and Computer Engineering Grad.

Raleigh, NC

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