How To Get Shit Done.
Productivity is one of the creators of my success. I can be a chronic procrastinator or I can be overly productive and complete a week's worth of work in just a few hours. Like everyone else, I'm still a work in progress. Lately though, I've been having this unbothered, get shit done, if it doesn't make money it doesn't make sense kind of attitude. My goal everyday is to stress less and get more done. I cut out a lot of meaningless interactions with people who don't add value to my life or aren't worth my time. Yes, time! I began to value my time more...a lot more. I decided that I need to use my time to push my life forward and not use it for things that don't offer an equal reciprocity. Some people may not understand YOUR growth in this manner, but they will be ok. Your life is yours, not anyone else's. Anyway, I sat down and really thought about and analyzed how I get tasks done in my work and personal life. I came up with this 'Get Shit Done' mini guide. I also reached out to the good people over at Intelligent Change and Productivity Planner. Their instagram page is full of office inspo photos and amazing quotes that help me get through my day! Thanks guys for letting me include some of your awesome quotes and photos in this post! I cant wait for my Productivity Planner to get here! Everyone, invest in yourself and purchase your Productivity Planner here.
Productivity is not Perfection.
Productivity is progress, not perfection. Once you understand this and realize that the road to your success is a journey, you will be more inspired to keep traveling along. Reward your self for small victories. Realize that those L's you take are lessons, not losses.
Don't Worry, Be Happy.
It is a proven fact that happiness inspires productivity in your work and personal life? For example, if your boyfriend makes you happy, doesn't it inspire to do things for him, like cook dinner or get him tickets to the next NBA game? Yes, I know it does. Are you feeling a little unhappy about your job or your personal relationships? Fix it! I'm not saying abandon ship! Make a list of the things that you like about your work and personal life and try to incorporate those things more frequently. For instance, in my work life, I need to be surrounded by a very organized, naturally lit environment. I got to know my coworkers' personalities and habits and how I can learn to work with them in harmony. I get bored very easily, so most of the time I am taking initiative to learn new systems, create new systems and obtain more responsibilities and job duties. In my personal life, I'm an introvert, I read, I like shoes and I love food! I try to read, wear cute shoes a few times a week and make it to Taco Tuesday at least once a week! Find your happy triggers and focus on rewarding yourself often with the things that make you happy.
Meetings and lengthy emails are the oppressors of productivity. I despise meetings, conference calls and lengthy emails. I find that when I read the minutes from my meetings, break down my emails and review notes from my conference calls, about 80% of the information is useless and unnecessary. Therefore, making 80% of the time spent on these things....wasted. Keep correspondence related to work short and sweet to avoid confusion, miscommunication and misinterpretation. But most importantly, to save time!
Put Your Phone Down.
Telling someone to put their phone down is a damn near sinful! But sometimes you must. In 2017, we use our phones for a lot of different things. Most people can't rationalize having two phones and incurring that cost, so adjusting your phone use to the part of your life that makes you the most money is one way to start. Delete your social media apps that are not CRITICAL to work. Take games off of your phone. During work hours, turn off your notifications or put your phone in the "Do Not Disturb" mode. That way only important calls and messages can interrupt your workflow. Set times to check text messages and missed calls. Also set time to return calls. I check my email, my phone and my text messages once every hour at work. I return calls during lunch and after work depending on the urgency.
Take a break.
I don't really have to go into depth on this one. Just take a break to clear your head, rest your eyes and refocus your energy.
Write it Down.
Make lists. Keep a physical planner or two. Prioritize your tasks. Complete them. Reward yourself. Repeat. Keeping lists relieves stress because you don't have to store everything in your brain. It also decreases your chances of forgetting something. Not having to remember and store everything in your already busy brain it a HUGE relief. I spend 30 minutes in the morning making my lists, checking emails from the evening before and prioritizing them in order of duration. I complete my small tasks first and work up to my big ones. AS the day goes on, I work in other tasks and things that come up by priority. If it can be put off until the next day, I will put it on that to do list. You can also ask your coworkers, employees, or partner to take some of the workload off of you. A lot of the time, you will find that they are completing similar tasks so incorporating yours wont be a burden at all.
Multitasking is a hater.
Focus on one thing at a time. Don't try to book travel on the phone and send an email at the same time. Each task on your to-do list is important to you so give it the undivided attention it deserves.
Keep It Moving.
In my work life, if I find myself stuck on a task or working on a long complicated task that takes a ton of time I break it down into a bunch of small pieces and work on it over time. Don't dwell on daunting tasks or things that you aren't sure how to complete for too long. If it isn't urgent come back to it. If it is urgent, ask for help. In my personal life, I try not to dwell on personal issues and set backs. Dwelling wont solve the problem, it will only make it worse. Pick yourself up, make adjustments and try again. If that doesn't work, implement the "Don't Worry, Be Happy" tactic.
Now, this maybe a little vain...well...a lot of vain...but if I don't feel cute, I'm absolutely no good! The same goes for when I'm sick or hungry! Now I don't have to do a full face of makeup, high heels and a super cute outfit just to get the job done, but the extra minute it takes to put on mascara, choose perfume, paint my toes or wear cute earrings goes a long way. I also give myself pep talks and feed my brain with inspiring music and good reads. Take care of you. Try it.