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6 Time Saving Tips to Avoid Being Overworked [Infographic]

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If you’re a professional, then you‘d know that time saving tips can make you excel in your tasks. Proper time management can really help you become successful – do you agree?

You must’ve heard of the popular phrase, “time is money”. In fact, the wise know that time is more valuable than money.

The time that you save, not only aids you in your professional endeavors, but also helps balance your personal, social, and professional aspects of life.

Learning work-life balance skills is important for all professionals, including bloggers. I guess bloggers need to know more about how to save time and balance their work and life.

Few months back, Corina wrote a guest post for me – “3 Tips to Maintain a Work-Life Balance Working From Home”. I’m sure that’ll help most of you lead a better life.

Your work life balance depends on how you divide and manage your time.

Be honest and tell me, don’t you often overwork yourself – just to achieve your targets.

By overwork, I mean you put in extra time to either complete your job or increase your productivity.

You thus actually exploit your time resources.

I confess that I too do that at times, more often than I should be doing.

But have you ever considered the implications of this seemingly harmless or useful practice?

Have you ever thought about where this extra time comes from?

Either you take out time from what you had previously allotted for some other work, or from your “me” time.  Or you use the time that you had reserved to spend with your family and friends.

Therefore, unknowingly, in order to complete one task, you make yourself suffer from three losses.

One, you overwork yourself, which may mean that you tire yourself, thus you end up spending more time on your tasks. Remember if you overwork beyond certain limits, your productivity decreases.

Two, the time to recharge yourself or your free time decreases, thus you’re not as creative or innovative as you should be, due to which your job suffers.

Three, the lack of time and disturbed schedule may cause a domino effect and adversely affect your other tasks, making you stressed out.

Additionally, if you had committed time to your family or friends, they also suffer because of your overworking.

Not to forget that your chronic overworking can lead to health issues in the long run too.

But the good news is that you can save yourself from all these problems if you learn some time management tips.

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I’ve already defined time management and given important tips for time management in this post that you must read – “6 Easy Tips for Time Management You Need to Know”.

“Your greatest resource is your time.” ~ Brian Tracy

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6 Time Saving Tips for the Overworked

Let me tell you, it might be okay overworking occasionally, but it’s not good being chronically overworked.

According to a reported study, long hours at work may not correlate with financial success.

You might commit more mistakes if you spend long hours working. Moreover, you will be fatigued, and might even compromise productivity.

Instead of overworking, it’s better and wiser to learn time-saving tricks to gain more time that you can use productively, instead of using your already assigned time resources.

Here’s an infographic that I came across and found it worthy to share with you.

It enumerates 7 simple time-saving tricks for the overworked that eventually make the task of time management easier for you.

Infographic about saving time tricks

What do you think of these tricks or tips to save time?

Though all these tips are great, I personally like two out of all the time saving tips, which I need to implement with immediate effect.

Dealing with small tasks immediately and setting feasible deadlines for the tasks. Setting realistic deadlines help you remain motivated and mobilize the best skills to be more productive.

I feel the pending small tasks and the indecision on matters that seem small and unimportant weigh more on you and cause more anxiety. So, it’s important to not keep them pending.

Deadlines are so helpful if you use them as mentioned in the tip, else it can be counterproductive and cause work stress instead. What do you think?

You’ve to be realistic because things often take more time than we assume.

Thus, it’s also important to have a schedule and plan your work well in advance.

I’m sure you make “to do” lists and use the related facilities provided in your mobile, computer, web, or pen them in your writing pad or diary.

Okay, what do you do the first thing in the morning when you open your computer or laptop?

Make a rough plan for the day, check mail, approve comments, track your sales, analyze the analytics, or other things.

I think your choices decide the kind of day you’ll have. If you plan your day and make a to-do list the first thing, you’ll be able to know your priorities and sideline the “not-so-important” or “can-be-done-later tasks”, isn’t it?

As far as sharing of work is concerned, if you’re managing your blog alone, I’m sure you can delegate tasks to others using the services of experts at Fiverr or virtual assistants online.

“To do two things at once is to do neither.” ~ Publius Syrus

One has to be careful when you are working alone, because some of you might try to multitask.

You need to know that for quality output you need to devote yourself to do one task at a time. If you don’t, you might’ve to spend more time producing quality work.

Also, working online is like walking on a landmine – you never know when and what you will step on, or what will distract you and take you completely off guard.

Your strong commitment and concentration will keep you safe or focused.

Girl with clock in hand telling importance of time

Apart from these tips, studies indicate that the time in the morning is the most productive. Remember, early birds feel less overworked than those who like to work late night.

I can personally vouch for this fact. I observe my work pace slows down when I work late nights whether I’m working on the posts, managing social media, and answering to comments on my blog.

However, I know many people, especially bloggers, prefer working late at night and that’s entirely up to you and the choices you make.

Lastly, if you’re passionate about your work and happy with your own self, the chances are that you don’t feel overloaded even if you overwork. That’s because you enjoy your work.

But excess and regular overwork is harmful in any case.

Yes, I try not to overwork myself, though sometimes I am – I must confess! But these time saving tips come handy and are a great reminder to make best use of the time dedicated to a job, aren’t they?

Oh, how can I forget to reward myself when I complete a task on time without overworking on it?

I like to treat myself by taking out a little time to watch my favorite TV shows while sipping my coffee. 🙂 What are your ways to reward yourself?

Hey! The weekend is almost here, so aren’t you going to take a break and have fun being away from work!!

Reclaim your weekends, recharge yourself, and increase your productivity.

No more being overworked and feeling overloaded. Off I go for my much needed weekend break! 🙂

“Weekends do not count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.” ~ Bill Watterson

Over to you –

What do you do when you’re overworked? How do you save your time while at work? Share your tips and tricks in the comments.

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  1. Clearissa

    November 3, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Excellent article Harleena. I have my lists but I continue to feel overwhelmed. I am trying to learn how to delegate more and of course that involves money so it’s a vicious circle at this time. But I have faith it will all come together. Again, great article and a good reminder of how important organization and work life balance is to each of us.

  2. Kevin Peter

    June 23, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    The only way I have experienced is to deny the task that I cannot handle in the speculative timeline.

  3. Vee

    April 3, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Great post! My problem is not sticking to my schedule.

  4. Theresa Ho

    March 22, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Great infographic to boost productivity and to showcase components of the 80/20 rule 🙂 Another thing I’d add is to bulk similar tasks together.

  5. Shanthi Ganesan

    April 25, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Harleena Singh,
    How are you,superb post thanks a lot for sharing with us,i liked it very much,good work,keep it up…

    • Harleena Singh

      April 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Welcome to my blog Shanthi!

      Well, I am fine, and thank you for liking this post on how to save time and be more productive.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. Troy

    April 17, 2014 at 6:09 am

    One way I reward myself AND stop wasting time is to use personal facebook / twitter time as the reward. If I get a certain task done such as create a new page on my site or answer so many emails, then I get 10 minutes of personal internet time. I find this works well.

    • Harleena Singh

      April 24, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Troy,

      I like that kind of reward, and I think it’s a good way to do your work and then take a little time away as break-time to use the social media or do your other chores. I usually take up the house-work or cooking as a break 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. maxwell ivey

    April 16, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Hi Harlena,

    Thanks for sharing this post. You did a great job seling me on why I shouldn’t over work. Yes I do it sometimes. and yes you are right overworking today means less time energy, and productivity tomorrow. As a blind person infographics are lost on me, but I did pick up your comments on your favorites; so I will talk about them. I’m not big on making lists. I am big on deadlines. Last year I set myself a deadline of recording my first video by the new year. because of the deadline I practiced recording videos and bought the headset i needed to get the audio right. I just barely beat the ball dropping recording my first video on december 27th. Recently, I gave myself another deadline.

    You know i want to take the youtube show on the road. I decided the best way to fund it is crowd sourcing. I have been procrastinating on starting my indiegogo campaign. So on April 1st, I told people that I would start the campaign on may 1st and plan to b on the road by Jun 1st. I have started working with the artist that created my site logo to get a new one for merchandise. I still have a lot of work to do, but without the deadline and making it public so my friends will hold me accountable; I wouldn’t have made the progress I have so far. Hope this wasn’t too long a comment. Thanks again and take care, Max

    • Harleena Singh

      April 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Hi Max,

      Is that so? Well, then I think the purpose of this post was met, though I keep needing such reminders myself too 🙂

      Making lists ensures you have things planned out for the day, or week, and some people plan out their months well in advance too. I do that sometimes when I have the time. It just ensures that everything runs smooth and it does, because you have it all right in-front of you. Oh yes! You need to work backwards where deadlines are concerned, and I need to do the same with my writing projects, so I can well relate. You are doing SO well with your videos, and I think once you are determined, nothing can really stop you, isn’t it?

      Wow! You surely have great things planned, and with your commitment, I’m sure you’d do well. I’m not into YouTube as yet, so those terms are like Greek and Latin to me, but it surely seems very exciting, and I wish you all the very best with all of this. Yes indeed, with good friends around you and a good team, things happen.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

  8. Riya Khurana

    April 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Great time sharing Tips.Some times i feel that even 24 hours seems few to me.Your tips will really helps me a lot..

    thanks for your sharing….:)

    • Harleena Singh

      April 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Welcome to my blog Riya! Good that I could welcome you this time 🙂

      Yes indeed, I can understand how we sometimes tend to feel that – the hours are never enough, isn’t it? I hope these tips can help people so that they are more productive, which happens once they learn to manage their time.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  9. Vishal

    April 15, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Now days everyone have everything but everyone don’t have sufficient time. And today you have shared amazing post and it will help me and busy bloggers too.
    Thanks For Sharing the Awesome Time Saving Tips! 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      April 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Welcome to my blog Vishal!

      Absolutely! With the advancement of technology, people have various things and means to achieve them, but there is just no time for anyone or anything, which is rather sad. I hope these time saving tips can help bloggers, and other professionals too because I know most of us are overworked 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

  10. Micah Medina

    April 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Great infographic Harleena!

    One thing that helps me save time, as a writer, I record stuff by speaking my thoughts into an mp3 file and then have a transcriber go over it and give me the transcript. This is how I’m able to “write” about 30 articles a day without wasting time on actually writing them.

    A lot of small stuff can be outsourced to really competent online employees. This give me more time to focus on what matters: dealing with clients, building my lists, enjoying my weekend (lol!)

    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend too!

    Micah

    • Harleena Singh

      April 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Hi Micah – good to have you back 🙂

      That sounds like a good idea! I guess if you have lots to think and write, recording it all down and getting a script in hand later is a nice way to have all your thoughts in-front of you.

      Awesome! Writing so many articles – sounds nice, though I guess you’d still have to make those edits and read through once they are written, though most of the work is done this way.

      Outsourcing does help, especially if you have other tasks to complete, yes, enjoying the weekend included. Oh no…my weekend this time is being spent replying to comments. I think you can’t have them recorded and transcribed, isn’t it? 😉

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your ideas with us. Happy weekend as well 🙂

  11. I. C. Daniel

    April 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I must confess I found myself working late in night sometimes… as soon I realize what time is it I save my work and shut down the pc abd go to be. Sleep is a must for my health and to maintain the productivity too.

    • Harleena Singh

      April 13, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      HI Daniel,

      You are not the only one as there are many who do that and it’s alright if you can manage to sleep late and get enough sleep – each to their own 🙂

      Absolutely! Enough sleep is required and there are many studies that indicate that lack of it can harm your productivity in a big way, besides the other health issues that come up.

      Thanks for stopping by – have a nice weekend 🙂

  12. Vikas Kumar

    April 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Awesome post. Also, yes, sometimes I do get overwhelmed and people call me work-a-holic. Also, I am happy to see aha-now to succeed. This blog has grown sooo much without any so called special technique’s. You are working great Harleena mam and you are an inspiration me. Thanks again.

    • Harleena Singh

      April 12, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Welcome to my blog Vikas!

      I can well understand what you mean, having gone through that phase, which perhaps happens when you are new and trying to set up a business, blog, or working on a new start-up. Ah…thanks for your kind words, but I think this blog has grown mainly due to the love of people it always receives, which has made it what it is today – yes, a few of my articles that might have helped people in some ways too contribute to it’s growth I think.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice weekend 🙂

  13. Geri Richmond

    April 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Time can really get away from you if you don’t use some kind of a system.

    I write down 3 things I want to accomplish the night before I quit work for the day. The next day, I start out with the first task on my list. I don’t always get the 3 tasks done, but, at least I have some direction. I work with my phone timer, as well, because if left to my own devices, I would spend too much time on each task and not accomplish what I set out to do. I don’t even look at my email, until I complete at least one task.
    It seems to work okay but, I would still like to get more done.

    I used to work until 10 P.M. almost every night. I don’t do that anymore because I need some down time before I go to sleep. I have software that helps me, too. When life gets in the way, though, it’s much more difficult to get things done.

    Thanks for the great tips and it bears repeating because you can’t get time back.
    Geri

    • Harleena Singh

      April 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Geri,

      Absolutely! Time does fly and sometimes you just can’t keep track of it 🙂

      That’s a great way to pen it all down the night before – gives you a head-start in the morning, without you having to sit and think on what you’ve to do for the day. Yes, people use various tools and services and I think as long as you get things done on time, anything is alright. You surely are disciplined I must say and that’s essential to get work completed in time before you proceed to the next one.

      I wish I could wind up my day early too – just doesn’t work out for me, though I need to sort that part so that my mornings are better and fresh for me. I agree with you, the lost time never returns, so you better make full use of it while it’s there.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us 🙂

  14. Jayashree

    April 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    Thanks for your tips on how to save time and be productive. Time management skill is very essential to be successful in any field. I normally use tools like rescuetime when i get online or when i am on mobile which helps me to track my unproductive time and i set goal daily to reduce the unproductive time. Thanks again for the awesome tips.

    • Harleena Singh

      April 9, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Welcome to my blog Jayashree – good to see you here 🙂

      Glad you liked these tips, and yes, we cannot ignore the time management skills that help us become more focused and productive. Haven’t heard of rescuetime, though it sounds like a productive tool that helps you accomplish your tasks on time. I usually just use the simple watch on my laptop and my eyes are fixed on it, or perhaps I know how much time I have in hand for the work I am doing before I switch to the next one.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us 🙂

  15. Sylviane Nuccio

    April 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I was at your post earlier this week, but couldn’t comment as it seemed that your blog didn’t like that computer I was on 🙂 So here I am again.

    Ah, being overwhelmed is something I know about. I know it will get better, but as for right now, my life is a bit crazy. I almost ALWAYS have something to do and at times it’s just a bit tiring me out.

    However, I do more and more meditation and relaxing therapy in the evening before going to sleep so that helps me quite a bit.

    Besides that having a plan and a schedule really helps too. Not waiting the last moment to do what needs to be done, as the info-graph suggest.

    • Harleena Singh

      April 9, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Hi Sylviane,

      Lol…yes, I think my blog doesn’t like the IP address of your other (work) computer I think as there’s always a problem when you try commenting from that one – thanks for trying again 🙂

      You are surely not alone – and I think all of us face this problem, or perhaps we have so many things at hand to complete that it becomes tough to do them all within the limited hours we have at hand. I wish at times we had more working hours, or less of work.

      I wish I could do that too, something I used to long back when I had less of work. Now when I try, I just get pictures of pending tasks in my mind, starting with pending comments on a few posts! But I know meditation and relaxation techniques help to calm you down.

      Oh yes…chalking out a plan and making sure you follow it helps to get you through with ease, until of course you get caught up with other things, which leads to everything on your schedule to go haywire.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  16. Kumar Gauraw

    April 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Your infographic reminds me of the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey where he shares 4 quadrants of task management.

    I have since tried to follow his tips (“tried” because it is very hard to have that discipline each time you see ) 🙂

    But, whenever I do, one thing I know, I get more tasks done and feels great in the end.

    Plus, I also love the idea of just making sure that I complete 3 important tasks each day. That way, at the end of the month, I know I’ve completed at lest 90 important tasks. How cool is that? Imagine the number at the end of the year 🙂

    Thank you for sharing these great helpful tips.

    Regards,
    Kumar

    • Harleena Singh

      April 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Kumar,

      Oh yes…that’s an interesting book, and I agree, we can just about try to follow all of what he shared, but I guess even that is good enough for us 🙂

      I think if you make achievable goals, not too complex, not long ones, and not many of them, you can get a lot done in a day, without forgetting to give yourself a pat on the back for your smallest of achievement, something we often forget to do. Yes indeed, every little goal you accomplish is a feather in your cap and you should feel proud of it.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I’m glad you liked these time saving tips 🙂

  17. Addison Grey

    April 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Harleena
    Nice post. We all need to spend time with our family and friends but in this hectic life nobody have much time to spend with their family member and friends. Superb tips you have provided above we all need to follow all these tips which are really helpful for us.
    Thanks for sharing these valuable tips.
    good job

    • Harleena Singh

      April 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Welcome to my blog Addison!

      You are absolutely right – no one nowadays has the time for their families or friends, beacuse of the hectic lives they lead. However, time is never there, it always has to be made – something my Granny used to tell me and that’s just what I do – make the time to be with my loved ones 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you liked these tips 🙂

  18. Adrienne

    April 8, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I agree, great post and Carolyn’s right. I definitely have my list and I write everything down.

    You know I read things like this and I think of all the stuff that I do. I also read your guest post today at Jane’s blog and I’m only a few months late but you shared everything you do to promote you posts so you also know that there is a lot of stuff that some people would probably think that we’re just playing around with right! Like commenting, promoting, sharing, building relationships. Although at this very moment it’s not bringing me results I know that it will because of the direction I’m headed.

    I like to hope that nothing I’m doing each and every day is a waste of time but I’ve also been able to see what is working and what’s not so that I can change things around and perhaps do a few things differently.

    I’m not really a morning or a night person. I get up early because I need to start my day but here I am at almost 10:30 at night commenting on your post. I just have such a busy week this week with outside appointments so if I don’t get things done while I can I’m going to not have the time I need to finish them all. You know though, I’m not complaining because I still love what I do.

    Great share and like the infographic too! Nice!

    Enjoy your week.

    ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      April 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Hi Adrienne,

      Glad you liked the post, and I can see that Carolyn surely knows how you do it all 🙂

      Ah…thank you for reading my guest post, and you are never late because I know you are so busy, especially with the course you are also doing alongside. I just shared the little things I do and how I go about doing those never ending tasks, but it becomes tough at times to handle all of it as I do it single-handed, so it’s not easy. Of course building relationships always works and sooner or later people will realize this fact, I’m so sure of it.

      That’s exactly how it should be – ready to change to something better if and when you get to know of things that aren’t working for you, and doing things in the direction they work best. I would call that as working the smart way.

      Ah…I too am up till late night, sometimes 12.30 or so, busy with comments or taking care of the several notifications and social media before I wind up for the day, and the mornings for me have to start at 5.30 because of the kids and their school and college, so it’s not easy and sometimes there’s such a lack of sleep! I know I need to change all of that and start taking things a little slow now.

      Yes indeed, as long as we love our work and we know we are headed the right way, everything is ok, isn’t it? Just a little tweaking in managing our time better would help I guess.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us. Have a nice week as well 🙂

  19. Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    April 8, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Yes, I need to be better at this. Most times I am not pressed with deadlines, but every so often life gets hectic and I should shift into organized gear.

    Like you, I’m a morning person so I try to get as much done in the morning as possible. I know Adrienne lives by Tip #1 in your infographic. She makes a list every morning of what she needs to do for the day and crosses off each one. I tried that and it worked great! You’ve reminded me to give that a go, Harleena.

    Have a super week ahead!

    • Harleena Singh

      April 8, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Hi Carolyn,

      I don’t think so at all! I feel you are so well organized, especially the way you work and plan things well in advance, which is perhaps the secret to your timely posts thrice a week. Not to mention how you manage to schedule them all up when you are going for a short break – all of of this only an organized person can do 🙂

      Yes indeed, my morning hours are the most productive ones. I might not strike off each task I complete, but I know of what all I’ve to do for the day as its on my list and the number of hours I have to work at a stretch, and I make sure I end those tasks, so that helps. Adrienne’s super organized, isn’t she?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us. Have a nice week ahead as well 🙂




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