5 Tips to Get Sh*t Done
It seems like nowadays, everyone is running around busy all the time. But how many times have you been “busy” all day, and still felt like you’ve gotten nothing accomplished? Below I’ve got a few of the tricks that help me feel more productive during my day and help me get stuff done.
1. Use the Pomodoro Technique
A lot of people have raved and raved about this technique, and I can definitely see why. This productivity strategy helps me keep focused better, and I don’t find myself browsing Instagram when I should be getting my work done.
The way this technique works is when you set to work, set a timer for 25 minutes (you can adjust this time to better fit your needs) after the timer goes off, you take a short break. I break for 5 minutes to keep the time easy to track. This gives your mind a break and allows you to check that tweet so you aren’t thinking about it when you go back to work. After a few rounds of this( I do 4 rounds) you take a longer break, for about 15-30 minutes.
While spending 50 minutes on break from your actual work may seem counterproductive, this actually helps you work better. The breaks give your brain a rest. They let you take care of your distractions so that you aren’t focusing on them instead of your work, and when you get back to your 25 minute session you’re ready to attack again.
2. Find Your Space
It can be pretty difficult to work at home with all of the distractions around you. I’ve found it very helpful to have a designated work space. It’s a space you go to only when you need to really get stuff done. Your work space doesn’t have to be at home either, if you find it impossible to work at home, you could go anywhere where you feel your most productive. My personal spaces are my desk, the public library, and my favorite coffee shop around the corner.
3. Get Your Space Ready
You’ve heard the saying “Cluttered desk, cluttered mind”. While that saying isn’t necessarily true, as I’m definitely guilty of having many ‘organized piles’ lying around my desk, it is certainly helpful to have clear space for you to get work done. Before I start working, I make sure I clear the space I need to work. If I’m working on a computer, I make sure I have a clear space to move my mouse, set my drink, and lay out my notebook and pen. Part of getting my work space ready means eliminating all distractions as well. I put my cell phone away and close all social media browsers as well as my email.
4. Set Specific Goals
Now that your space is set to work. What exactly are you going to do?? It’s not enough to just have a big picture plan, you need to have small attainable goals. Before you start working, think of your big picture goals. Then think what actions you could complete today to get one step closer to them. Make sure your action items are reasonable and realistic for the amount of time you’ve allotted for your day.
5. Set a Stopping Time
If you’re like me, your work never seems done. You can always write one more paragraph, complete one more row of your blanket you’re knitting. All of those ‘one more’s add up, and before you know it, you’re exhausted and still feel like you haven’t been productive all day. Set an end time before you start working and stick to it. With your deadline in the back of your mind, you’ll be less likely to waste time or goof around. You’ve got sh*t to do!