I am the Queen of multi tasking as you all may know by now, however, it is not always a good thing. Do you find that when you have so many tasks that need to be tackled, that overwhelming butterflies/anxiety feeling sets in and then nothing gets done? Let’s discuss how to get your tasks done. I was starting to feel that way that other day. I was looking at my laundry lists of things that needed to get done and it made my mind go completely blank. I had no creative sparks to write any enlightening blog posts, I kept on delaying dictating my charts, and I didn’t post to Instagram for a couple of days in a row. I know this all sounds soooooo dramatic but when you try to do too many things, sometimes nothing gets accomplished. Here are 5 tips that work for me to get it done right now. Stop procrastinating, stop making excuses, stop staying up till 2 in the morning before the deadline of something is due. Get it done right now!
If I am writing a blog post and need to get it done in an efficient manner, I close every single tab I have open on my Safari screen. I cannot tell you how many times I’m procrastinating on a project and then before I know it, I’ve spent 3 WASTED hours researching something completely irrelevant to the task at hand. Then I’m scrambling at the last second to make it work. No other browsers. Just the one. This goes for all things in life and work. Grading papers, just keep that one tab open. Trying to get that work assignment in, just only focus on that one document. I know it seems like such common sense but we are so trained to be easily distracted by the next viral video that those precious working hours are zapped away.
I know another no brainer but if your phone is next to you, you get a text……oh lets respond, hey I got some Instagram updates, lets see who recently commented, ohhhhh that dress is pretty….scroll scroll scroll……where is this shot taken? Croatia? Isn’t that where Game of Thrones is filmed? Let’s look that up, look at this great travel plan for Croatia. I bet I can find some Pinterest articles on this……didn’t my friend Tom go to Croatia? Let’s check the book, yes he did! Sending Tom a private message…….holy crap. It’s 10:30, where did the last 4 hours go? So tired…..I’ll just do this in the morning……
Does this sound familiar?
I know it takes discipline but move that phone in the other room. I promise you will get that task done in half the time you slotted if you just remove that HUGE distraction.
Sometimes I look at my growing list and pick the projects that are fun/flashy/mindless first when in reality those are the lowest on the totem pole of importance. How I prioritize my goals now are two ways, which project is due first and which project has the best compensation. If you are being paid for a blog post or that project that is due results in you getting that overtime pay, get that one done first. I know these are all such common sense logics but when you really break it down…..your time is money. Stop wasting your time on things that aren’t making you money. If your goal is to start monetizing your Instagram, then start working on building your account up. Stop wasting your time on Facebook, Youtube, or getting involved in some online drama. If you can be doing something with your time right now that is making you money, why are you procrastinating? What are you doing at this exact minute that you should be doing something instead? I know it is hard to blog and work full time but it is feasible. I am living proof of this. What is due first and what makes you money, get those done right now. This is me telling you and pushing you to get that task done. No excuses.
When you multi task it leads to a lot of projects that are “in the works” but not really finished. I have about no lie 50+ incomplete blog posts in my undrafted folder. I have an idea, write out the skeleton of the post and then I get distracted and start working on something else. Then that post sits in the unpublished grave yard and usually never sees the light of day. Don’t open a bottle of wine in the middle of a project, don’t get up for a snack, grab a nail file, decide at this exact second it’s the time to pay your credit card bill. Finish that task…..completely. Sign, sealed, and delivered. For me that means, all images are added, the pinnable picture is added to the top, and it is scheduled to go live at midnight. If it’s a work project make sure it’s proof read, scanned for errors, and in final submission mode. This also means keep that phone in the other room until you are fully done. I’m serious. Don’t get it yet. Willpower you have it!
Sometimes you need that swift kick of someone telling you “did you get XYZ” done yet? No? Why not? 99% of the times in my life it’s my mom or Mark. “Did you call about your tire warranty yet” “did you get that email back to your new sponsor?” “Are all your papers finally graded yet?” (my mother loooooves that one). Ultimately these tasks are YOUR responsibility and your commitments. I mean isn’t it rewarding to know that people are relying on you? You have the authority, the expertise, the knowledge to complete these tasks. When I start getting overwhelmed with my tasks, I sit down and think about how truly amazing I’ve reached this part in my careers that I am responsibility for such important assignments. People are relying on you and value your contributions. Clear your mind, get rid of the distractions and get it done.
There are my five very quick and dirty motivational points for you to get that task done. I followed these techniques while writing this post. It was hard. I’m not going to lie. I was itching to open a new browser to see if my Amazon package arrived. I wanted to check my Instagram the entire time while writing this. I thought I could maybe just get a few papers graded quickly. I really wanted to watch another episode of Gilmore Girls with a glass of wine. I didn’t do it. I was able to accomplish this task in less than an hour when most blog posts take me at least three due to all my daily distractions. What do you do when you HAVE to get a task done? Do you find yourself down to the wire? Do you get overwhelmed and nothing gets accomplished? I’d love to hear what works for you to get your tasks done!
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