A quick hack to be more productive

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Today I’m going to push myself. Hopefully, this works out.

I’m doing a test to see if I can write a good email and push send within 30 minutes. Timers set. 29:14 left.

Here’s my intention. To help inspire you and me so that we can accomplish more than we believe is possible in short periods of time.

You may think that writing an email should take 30 mins. For Tara that’s pretty standard.

But I probably average 90-120 mins from the beginning to send.

Today, to succeed, I’m simplifying the process.

Usually, I write in Word. Then copy/paste it into Grammarly.

Then move it to our email system. Play with subject lines. Send a test to myself. Then I hit send.

If we want to get a task done quicker, we need to look for opportunities to be efficient.

My hope is we don’t lose quality along the way.

Today I’m writing directly in Grammerly to skip a step.

If you have a task that you know you need to do, but you avoid doing it. Or procrastinate, then…

Here are some steps for you to consider to be more efficient.

Step 1. Set a timer for a time that would push your limits.

I’ve read a lot about productivity. One common theme is you’ll use the full allotted time you give yourself for a task.

And typically, the extra time you usually take for tasks does not correlate with considerably better work.

If you give yourself an hour to clean the bathroom or 30 mins, the end result will be close to the same. Just make sure you clean the toilet bowl well:)

Step 2: See if you can eliminate any steps or streamline them to be more efficient.

For work tasks, things like turning off your phone or… Not checking email or the socials… will, of course, help you be more productive.

But you can often eliminate/batch steps.

Here are some examples.

Writing directly in Grammarly. Or bringing all cleaning supplies into the bathroom from the start instead of having to go back and forth to the kitchen to grab a new sponge/cleaner.

(16 mins, btw. Getting nervous.)

Step 3: Take a few minutes to see what worked and what didn’t so you can improve in the future.

Do this after the timer goes off and you’ve completed your task.

I’m not suggesting you set crazy time limits all the time for everything.

I will more often then not spend more than 30 minutes on future emails as I like to wordsmith and think through my points/stories.

But I can see myself getting most emails complete in an hour.

With the intention of it being well written without grammatical errors (you should see the horror show Grammarly shows me before I correct the errors)

Hopefully still containing good actionable content that’s helpful for you and me.

Getting close to an hour per email would be an improvement, and it will feel good.

Thanks for being here and experimenting with me.

Be good.

Dave “being efficient” Marino

PS. I went a over my goal, but it was still a massive improvement compared to 90+ mins.

39 mins total.

PPS. Try this out for yourself. It’s actually fun, and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in a short period of time.

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I’ll see you tomorrow.

ALSO: Whenever you’re ready… here are more ways Elegant Femme can support you.

  1. Tara’s next live program – Moi A Love Story
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Dave Marino


Dave Marino fell in love with a girl when he was 24. After a shotgun wedding, he grew and evolved... He was stretched along the way by the original Elegant Femme, Tara Marino. Through a stroke of unforeseeable circumstances, he began writing newsletters and now a blog for Elegant Femme which covers his thoughts, struggles, & life lessons learned. Follow him on Instagram @thedavemarino. One day he may decide to post on there. 

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