How many times have you wished you had a clone?
Honestly, I feel like this a lot of the time.
There’ll be times when I have a list of fairly simple things to do over the weekend and somehow they don’t get accomplished. Then come Monday morning I’m trying to figure out why it didn’t get done. Looking around like ugh, I should’ve gone that already.
The worst is when I realize that I actually did have a few opportunities to mark it off the list but one way or another I didn’t get around to it because I chose to do something of less importance.
With the busiest time of the year coming around the corner it’s going to become even harder to get things done.
Things are going to be moving at the speed of light, one holiday after another, with nonstop things to do.
Halloween is coming up. You have to get candy for the herd of kids that will be begging for a trick or a treat. And let’s face it you don’t have any tricks up your sleeve.
Then you’ve got to hurry to the supermarket to snag the last frozen turkey for Thanksgiving and defrost it in a single afternoon.
Don’t forget about the lack of sleep you’ll be getting that night after a long cleaning up due to your Black Friday preparations. And I’m not even going to talk about wrapping gifts and hiding them.
If you want to make it through you have to get things under control now or it’ll be a disaster. The next few months could be a whirlwind that will leaving your head spinning.
But wait, there are people out there who manage to glide through it all like nothing. You know them. They make it all look effortless while leaving you confused and a bit annoyed.
There’s a method to their madness and you’re about to find out exactly what it is.
What’s the difference?
See your problem is you’ve got too much going on. It’s just one thing after another, back to back. What is it all really? Do you even know what you’re spending your time on?
Nothing in the grand scheme of things. It’s all time wasters that do not add to your real goals.
And why are you somehow choosing these things by default? Because you don’t have the right things in focus. You know you have to do something but you’re choosing the easy, pointless thing.
So at the end of the day you’ve actually done something, it’s not like you were just lying on the couch all day. But all together it’s too many little trivial things, they aren’t leaving an impact. Or aren’t important at all.
Oh, and let’s not forget when you take an hour doing something that should’ve only taken 15 minutes.
Become one of them
You have to hone in your focus, keeping it right where it needs to be.
You have to adjust your focus. The reason those show offs can get so much done is because they know what to concentrate on.
The point of being productive isn’t just to be doing something all the time, it’s to get the right things done.
What difference does it make that you cleared out most of your inbox when it was more important to find a specific email and respond to it promptly.
Sure your mailbox is less stressful looking but you still haven’t gotten to the nitty-gritty.
While you’re tackling your ever growing to-do list and trying to continue with your goals there are a few things you can do to be more productive without having to hire a stunt double.
Once you’ve mastered the most chaotic time of the year, with everything crossed off of your to-do list, you’ll have the confidence and skill to take on anything.
You can take over the New Year like a boss. Just think you’ll be able to live the life you want without exhausting yourself.
1. Set priorities
With life throwing little unexpected surprised your way it can be hard to get everything you want to get done accomplished. So it’s important to know exactly what needs to be done and by when.
2. Clear it up
It’s hard to concentrate and work when you’re surrounded by a mess. You may think it’s your unique way of being organized, as I once did, but really it stimulates stress.
Clean up your space and find a system that works for you when it comes to keeping it that way.
3. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted
When you’re doing one thing, allow your focus to be completely on it. If that means turning off the TV, silencing your phone or blocking the internet while you work, then do it.
It’s very easy to get caught up watching the same movie again that you’ve seen a million times, just because you can’t seem to tear your eyes away. And it’s equally as easy to be distracted by other apps on your cell phone after answering a text.
Most of the time when people say they were busy they actually weren’t doing much.
If it seems like you don’t have much time to do what you need to reflect on what you’ve been doing. When you look back on what you spend your time on you may be shocked to realize that it’s not worth it and not productive.
Cut those tasks down. Instead use that new found time to complete your priorities.
5. Do it once
Sometimes you can get so caught up with getting things done that you don’t really care how they’re done.
Make sure you are doing things right the first time around so that you don’t have to fix your mistakes later. Remember quality over quantity because it really doesn’t matter how much you did when you just have to do it all over again.
6. Take it easy
When you rush through things you miss stuff and make careless mistakes. You may think that you should be moving faster but a steady pace is well suited to do things right. See #5 again.
7. Scratch multitasking
Multitasking works perfectly when you need to chew gum and walk at the same time. But it doesn’t have the same effectiveness when you’re working on big projects or trying to listen and type at the same time, less your goal is to type what is being said.
Many of the things you do will need your complete attention and focus. Give it the time and energy it requires so you can efficiently move on.
8. Be present
If you find yourself daydreaming quickly snap out of it. Don’t allow yourself to be easily distracted. Completely concentrate on what you’re doing. You’ll find that it’ll be easier to get through once you’re focused.
9. Have some fun
Relax and take a break. When you’re being a busy little bee you need time to refresh and reenergize more than ever.
Just go outside and take a breather. Do pretty much anything that isn’t work. This will help you avoid feeling burnt out.
10. Be positive
If your dominate thoughts are centered on not being able to get things done, you won’t. Instead of telling yourself that it all can’t be done, ask yourself how it can. Before you know it all different kinds of solutions will come to you.
You might think this is a flute. Like can you really get more done without doing more? But you can now that you know what to do. Just give it a try.
Those who don’t believe it’s possible are the ones who can’t imagine doing something different. And honestly this doesn’t take much, just a few simple tweaks.
It might seem a little difficult at first. I know it can be hard to ignore the notifications on your phone, but the hardest part is making the change itself.
Just ask yourself what’s more important, what you’re doing or maintaining your popularity on the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game.
Keep in mind how much better things will be when you make more progress without having to do a gazillion things.
The last thing you want to do is to keep stressing yourself out only to get slightly closer to your goal.
What about you…
From the list what do you think would be the easiest for you to do first?