How to Get Shit Done
We’ve all been there. The overwhelm hits and we just sit there, knowing we need to work on something but paralyzed with procrastination. Here’s an explanation of why and a list of tips on how to get shit done!!
You Have a Routine and To Do List
First. Why does this happen. You know what you need to work on. It’s all there on your to-do list. But instead of crossing things off left and right, you get distracted on Facebook and Instagram. At the end of the day you kick yourself mentally and vow to get more done the next day. Most likely you accomplish more the next day. Maybe not. Maybe you have a few days of that visiting procrastination monster!
Things that might make you procrastinate:
- everyday tasks that you are sick of such as email, blog posts, pinning on Pinterest (because it’s become a chore)
- things that feel like they are mundane and don’t really help you pay the bills or feel productive
- the list of things you absolutely despise doing (these ones are tricky though…because once you get them done you feel like you conquered the world!)
Tasks that make you feel like you are super woman:
- blog posts, pinning on Pinterest (it really just depends on if you feel it’s adding your business or if it’s a time suck. This part is your personal preferences. They might be different for each of us.)
- working on that new idea or product that you are just positive will be a hit
- anything else that you feel zinged by. Things that really get your creative juices flowing!
What does this all have to do with “how to get shit done”? You balance the two. Create a reward system for yourself. Give yourself something to work towards.
Figure out which tasks make you feel heavy and weighed down. Then make a list of tasks that really get you popping. They make you want to giggle with excitement or feel like you had 3 pots of coffee when you only had 2! Now you are going to schedule your day using both of these lists.
I feel like I really suck at posting on Twitter and Facebook. They aren’t my favorite platforms and I usually end up feeling like I am just talking to myself. If something is going to get left on my “to-do” list for a few days it will be the content creation for these sites.
The reverse of this is anything that I get to create. Images for Instagram or my blog. Drawing. Creating cards or scrapbook layouts. All those things zing me. I would spend all day in my studio working on drawings, graphics and paper crafts if the world would let me.
So now I figure out a way to balance those things. I schedule my day so that I do the things that don’t really excite me as much or that feel like a drain on my time for the morning (so that I can’t put them off). 9am-12pm is the time allotted for my least favorite tasks. The reward comes when I finish them. And if I finish them earlier than 12 then that just means I have more time for the fun stuff!!
After 12pm then I get to work on the projects that have been calling to me. The things that I have been dreaming of making for a few days or months. A little bit of creative time and a little bit of productivity will make you feel like you have conquered your to-do list!
This also works with things like your fitness routine, your household chores, and errands. I will schedule the grocery shopping first, but the reward myself with some new sticky notes or pens at the office supply store. Or maybe a latte and some time to just play on Pinterest after all the chores are done. Something to motivate me and look forward to.
A Recap for Being Productive
Identify what tasks slow you down and which speed you up.
Divide up your tasks. Label tasks on how they motivate you.
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Balance your two lists. Do a little bit from the not-so-favorite list and the I-really-want-to-work-on-that list. Schedule some of the everyday tasks and then you get to reward yourself with the big picture tasks.
Do this each day. You will find more motivation and feel like you know how to get shit done and that you accomplished a lot during the day.