You’ll find a ton of articles telling people how to be more productive and get things done. Well, here I am to tell you how I don’t get things done.
If I don’t write it down, I don’t get it done.
Think you’ll remember that mental note? Think again. Everything will fly right out of your head the minute after you tell your boss, “Yeah, I can definitely do that!” And then you don’t.
Use a Post-It. Keep a notebook on you. Set reminders on your phone. Whatever you need to do to get it out of your head and into the physical realm ASAP.
If I don’t tell someone I’m doing it, I don’t get it done.
It’s not always enough to hold yourself accountable. If someone knows what you need to do, even if it’s just your roommate, you’ll still feel more responsible for doing it.
If I don’t block off time, I don’t get it done.
Literally schedule time on your calendar to do a task. Treat it like an important meeting.
If I don’t list my tasks in order of importance, I don’t get a single thing done, I just sit there and panic at all the things I need to do and then don’t do anything.
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. I’ll say it one more time: Prioritize. Categorize emails based on level of importance– this is like dividing and conquering, because once you split up your tasks, you’re mentally putting things into more manageable chunks. It’s still the same amount of work, but because you’re separating your tasks into groups, you can tackle one group at a time without feeling overwhelmed.
Once the panic sets in, it’s hard to stay focused, and you’re so distracted worrying about the things you need to do that you don’t do any of it.
If I don’t stay organized, I don’t get it done.
Because if you lose the thing you were supposed to do, you can’t do it.
If I don’t get it started, I don’t get it done.
The hardest part is when you actually start doing the thing. Until then you just procrastinate and do other things.
If I don’t have coffee in my system, I don’t get it done.