*DISCLAIMER: This post somehow ended up much longer than I intended it to. Heh oops. What can I say? I never know to quit when I’m ahead…
Hey guys, so here’s the thing: I’m so busy right now. Life is… a lot at the moment and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like this from time to time. If any of you can relate, I hope you’ll like todays post.
I’ve brainstormed and put together a list of 10 things to do when you have to get shit done, but there’s too much of it.
1. Accept the task at hand
This is definitely something I’m guilty of not being good at. Especially when it’s something school related.
So here’s what I do when I really don’t want to write that paper or study for an exam: I feel sorry for myself, allow myself to have a pity party and then I move on. Cuz guys, you have to move on. You don’t have to like the task you’re supposed to do, but you need to accept that it’s how things are gonna be. If you bitch and complain about it the entire time, you’re bringing nothing but negativity into your project, exam etc.
Take this from someone who has mastered the art of complaining – I know what I’m talking about.
2. Be realistic
This tip will hopefully prevent you from getting disappointed with yourself.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t aim high, I’m just advising you to be realistic about it. Of course you can write that book, you’re just not gonna finish it in a day. Yes you can probably run a marathon, just not tomorrow because you haven’t been running in three years.
You see where I’m going with this?
Reach for the stars, but set yourself a goal that’s attainable. There’s nothing more demoralising than coming up short and getting disappointed all the time.
3. Break it into smaller pieces
If you break up the task into smaller pieces it won’t seem as confusing and back-breaking to start on.
Say, you’re doing a big project for school and you can’t figure out where or how to start. In those situations the best thing I find is to break it down. So I write down all the things I know I have to do. Make a Powerpoint, read up on induction and magnetism, make flashcards etc. In that way you have a much better overview over what needs to be done and you can get at it one smaller task at a time.
4. Schedule and plan
This step I find to be critical in my own process of actually getting stuff done and doing so on time.
I schedule when I’m gonna do it, I put in the deadline in my calendar and plan what I’m gonna do on which days. I’m a big fan of planning, so this really helps me a lot with distributing the task, so I don’t end up doing everything at the last minute. Trust me, it still happens from time to time, but I’m trying to be better 😛
I hate doing this but it can be necessary. Sometimes you have to choose a task above another one if you don’t wanna wear yourself thin. As an example this is how I prioritize in my daily life: School above anything else, then work, then working out and then socializing or what else there is to do. This mostly works for me, except when I have so much school work that exercising and socializing sadly can’t even make the list.
6. Remove distractions
Tip numero seis is to remove all the things that are keeping you from getting your stuff done. Aka all the things you do to procrastinate. Don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about;) I know that Buzzfeed video somehow seems appealing, but will it help you finish your essay? Probably not. Unless you’re some wizard who’s really good at multitasking.
Try putting your phone in an entirely different room, that way it won’t be right there for you to use it.
7. Have a pot of gold waiting for you at the end of the road
If you like treating yourself like I do, but want to keep it as a special thing and not a daily one, you might like this tip.
Make a deal with yourself: You finish the task, you get to treat yourself to something. In that way you’ll have something waiting for you at the finish line. A thing that will motivate you to get started.
8. Make time for breaks
I think this one is so important, and many people could get better at it. Pausing what I’m doing for a second and taking a break to clear my head is something that actually helps me be more productive. Letting yourself go for a walk, listen to some music or watch a movie can really help your mind air out a bit, so that when you come back to your project, or what it is that you’re doing, you’ll look at it with fresh eyes.
9. Stop guilting yourself
Be kind to yourself if you don’t get around to doing everything you set yourself up to that day. If you’re anything like me you’re probably unrealistic as hell, and make crazy ass to-do lists, that are basically setting you up to fail. Cut yourself some slack once in a while, don’t guilt yourself if it turns out you won’t get to cross off everything on your list.
Sometimes there just simply isn’t enough hours in the day.
10. Get your shit together and just do it.
I know this step is probably the hardest one of them all. But once you’ve started you usually realise it isn’t as bad as you thought it would be. And I mean, if you don’t start, you’ll never finish either.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t actually like adding stuff to the List of Things I Never Did.
Anyways, I hope this was useful to those of you who made it this far:P I would like to congratulate you on your very long attention span. You’re gonna do great things.
I don’t practise much of what I preach, because I keep feeling bad about not finishing my blog makeover and never posting… *flashback to a few minutes ago when I wrote tip #9*
Exam time is just so stressful you guys. Gaaaahhh I can’t wait for June 15. That’s the day of my last exam, thank fuck.
I hope you’re all doing okay and if it’s exam season for any of you too, I’m sorry. I feel your pain ❤