Oh My Damn! How to Get Shit Done…

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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!!

How to get shit done. Stop procrastinating and be productive. Here are 9 tips to get you started.

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.

An Example

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.

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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.

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  1. Lynn McAuley on November 30, 2015 at 8:11 am

    What great ideas on how to tackle the things that need to get done and still have fun. I am going to try this today as I start in on some huge Christmas tasks awaiting me, Rhoda.

    • Rhoda Toynbee on November 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Awesome Lynn! I’m happy that it will help you tackle that Christmas list. I wasn’t planning on being productive yesterday, but I used this method and busted out a ton of things on my list!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Brenda on November 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Totally agreement here! I am a list person myself and have always found it keeps me focus. Thanks for a good read.

    • Rhoda Toynbee on November 30, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Thanks for stopping by Brenda 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’m getting better at the lists (and keeping them in one spot!)…

  3. Forrest on November 30, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Great idea — I think I’ve kind of stumbled onto this as well, where I save the tasks that I really want to do for the afternoon, and try to clear out the less fun things in the morning. I like the idea of keeping two lists for these tasks.

    I think there is also something to be said for choosing tasks that make myself feeling accomplished, and saving some of those for the end of the day too. I used to only work on fun stuff for the last half of the day, and would get involved in larger fun projects, but they weren’t as conducive to the idea of crossing something off a list. The result of this would be me feeling less accomplished for the day since that was what I was finishing my day with. Now I try to work in some things that need to get done at the end of the day, so I feel more accomplished.

    I think I’m slowly working towards the right recipe of tasks to help me feel like I’m getting stuff done, and of course actually get stuff done.

    • Rhoda Toynbee on November 30, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you for the comment Forrest. I agree that sometimes when you save the bigger projects for the end of the day, even if they are the fun ones, you feel like you don’t get as much accomplished for the day if it doesn’t get finished. I get a little irritated because I just want the family to stay at school a little longer so I can keep focused on what I was doing. I have to tell myself that it’s okay. I’ll just pick it up again later 🙂 Hopefully the mojo doesn’t go missing in the mean time!

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