5 Tips To Make Sure You Get Stuff Done!Posted: 25th of August 2015 by
Are you the sort of person who always seems to be rushing to get things done at the last minute? Whether it is an assignment for college or a report for your boss at work, you always seem to be hurrying to meet your deadlines. Chances are you just need a few tips to help you be more productive and stop putting things off. However, that motivation can be hard to find – especially when you feel tired or run down with stress! But don’t worry, we have a few pieces of advice to get you on the way (and more tomorrow too!). So, check out our first five tips to making sure you get stuff done!
- Make A To-Do List
How do you know what you have to get done if you don’t have a to-do list? The answer is you don’t, or at least you might think you do, but the chances of forgetting something important are great. Make sure you have a to-do list, whether it is for the week ahead or even just day-by-day. The very act of crossing off completed tasks will make you feel good and help keep you motivated to see that list shrink. Make sure you organise your list in order of importance, but also don’t be afraid to include a few of the quicker and easier tasks near the top to give yourself a boost! Your to-do list can be on a scrap of paper, on your computer, or even with an app like ‘2Do’ which lets you set reminders and more! Whatever works for you, but make sure you use it!
- Get Started!
Yes, it’s the most obvious piece of advice out there, but your to-do list won’t shrink unless you get on with it. Motivation will be the major issue here, especially if it is something you have been putting off. But, rather than thinking you will get around to it later as you walk out the door, it is better to just get on with it. Even if you just do a little bit of an assignment, for example, it will make the whole thing seem less daunting. Unfortunately, there aren’t many tricks to this, however, whatever it is that you are doing….
- Just Do One Thing At A Time
Don’t take on too much at once or try to do several things at the same time. Instead, let yourself methodically through your ‘to-do’ list. You might be able to see something through to completion, but if not, try to set a time limit for working on a long report or essay. Split your tasks up to provide some variety if you wish, but don’t try to multi-task as it is actually counter-productive (see here for our blog on “Why You Should Forget ‘Multi-Tasking’”).
- Take A Break
You’ve got stuff to get done, so it may seem counter-intuitive to take a break. Why not just get on with your work and get it done asap? However, research shows that you need to take short breaks from your work to stay productive and working at your highest level. Try to take a five minute break every hour or so – get a drink or maybe even take a short walk to clear your mind and get some fresh air. Taking breaks not only improves your productivity, it is also better for your health, and can even allow you time for your brain to come up with some extra inspiration!
- Reward Yourself!
All work and no play can be demoralising, so make sure you reward yourself from time to time. Try setting a goal, for example, ‘I will eat this snack when I have completed these emails.’ Don’t let your rewards (or your breaks) get in the way of any work you may have left to do, but it is great motivation to know you can expect a reward for a job well done!
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow – when we will have 5 more tips to make sure you get stuff done but, meanwhile, you might want to check out these other blogs:
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