Simple Steps to Getting Sh*t Done!
Walking through my house you are bound to find lists upon lists of “to-do’s” and “house projects”. If you are anything like me you have to-do lists a mile long but somehow nothing seems to get done off of them. Even with the best of intentions, rarely do I cross more than one thing off of the list.
This weekend, though I decided to change my fate. I wrote yet another list, but this time I was bound and determined to cross everything off of it. The trick was to be thoughtful about it.
So, if you are anything like me, a list maker who just can’t seem to get shit done, follow these simple steps and you can change your fate too!
Put items on the list that you HAVE to do. Have to do laundry? Put it on the list. Need groceries? Put it on the list, too. Think of yourself as your assistant. You'd tell your assistant to do something only if you absolutely, positively want it done, so only concrete actions you're committed to completing should live on your to-do list.
Get specific. The vaguer you are, the less likely you are to do it. Nonspecific items like “clean out garage” are way less likely to be completed than “organize tools on shelf” because it is a much more concrete idea. Cleaning out the garage is a project. Organizing tools is a task that can be crossed off your list.
Set timers. If you have a task that needs to be completed set a timer to keep yourself on track. Want to organize those tools? Set a timer for 30 minutes. When you have a set amount of time to complete a task, you are way less likely to get distracted.
Setting a timer for your work can help you stay on task and avoid distractions.
How often have you started on a task, drifted to another, checked your email, were reminded about a third task because of an entirely unrelated email sitting in your inbox, and then ended up working on the third task to the determent of the first two? Using a timer forces you to commit to a task at hand. You consciously set the timer and say "I'm going to work on this task for 20 minutes." Even if it's a task you don't enjoy, you're more likely to stick with it because you've set a limit on how much that joyless task can torture you (source).