When you’re behind on your work, it’s all too common to solve the problem with more hours. Instead, try a distraction-free, fast-paced work blitz during your normal work hours.
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Most of the time, when we work, we do so at a leisurely pace. We do this for a reason: working in overdrive mode consistently can burn you out. However, that also means there are always ways you can work faster. Whether it’s by making a particular routine more efficient, or just giving yourself a sense of urgency and typing faster, you can get more done in the same amount of time and save your weekend:
I always tell people to start working harder, to hustle. I truly believe that people could watch an hour less of Scandal and instead do some fucking work. But there’s another variable that I don’t talk about enough: be much faster in the hours you’re already in. Train yourself to do a little bit more in each hour than you normally would. Every day add something, and get it all done. The first few days you may not get it all done, but keep adding on, and you’ll get there. It’s training for a marathon. It takes time, but once you’re done, you’ll see that you’re doing much more in a day because you’re moving faster.
As you challenge yourself to work faster, you may find that eventually fast becomes the new normal. Tasks that used to take you an hour can be brought down to a half hour. An emphasis on speed may not always be necessary — and if your work quality starts to suffer, it’s OK to pace yourself — but the more you can get done in each workday, the less you have to put in after hours.