How to Get More Time Out of Less

There are too much on your plate, but everybody only gets 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. You feel like you owe some sleep time to your body, or even feel guilty because you keep cutting your quality time with family and significant others.

Good news is, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. You really should stop wasting time (especially at the office doing the unexciting work), since time is the resource on which we relied on to get more tasks accomplished.



There are many researches about work performance that leads us to work with less time and not more. Spending more hours at work means you are losing your sleep time. However, insufficient sleep takes a real toll on performance. In a study of nearly 400 employees, published in 2012, researchers found that sleeping less than six hours each night was one of the best predictors for job burn-out.

Sleep time will indeed affect anyone’s job performance. Cheri D. Mah, a Stanford researcher, found that when she got male basketball players to sleep 10 hours a night, their performances in practice would be dramatically improved.

A quick nap also have a similar effect on performance. Night shift air traffic controllers were given 40 minutes to nap (and slept an average of 19 minutes), and they performed better on tests that measured vigilance and reaction time. Longer naps have the same impact as a sleep researcher from University of California, Sara C. Mednick, found that a 60-90 minute nap improves memory test results as fully as did eight hours of sleep.



After reading those facts, we might be still clueless about getting more time out of less. All you have to do is to be a more efficient worker. Here’s how:

  1. Start naming priorities

We often work on something outside the core business. Thus, you need to identify a few objectives that drive the value(s) of your company. Prioritising something to concentrate on will keep your team from getting distracted with work that creates less value.

  1. Finish two objectives each week

Goals can be a powerful motivator which drive us to success. We could make it simple by writing down two must-do(s) every week. Everyone now could focus on what matters most, not following the confusing timeline.

  1. Outsourcing the non-core business

Don’t make your team waste their time doing work that isn’t core of your business. You might be surprised by how easy it is to outsource the non-core work, since it saves plenty of time cost. Startups are possibly more successful without doing too much overtime.


Now, don’t you think it is possible to get more things done with less time? Less is more.