Simple Ways to Get More Stuff Done
We live in a fast-paced world. And while this may be a good thing for some people, it can leave most of us feeling overwhelmed. That is why we've put together this list of simple ways to manage your time and get more stuff done. Whether you are looking to get more work done, learn a new skill, or become a better person, these tips will help you get there.
Start the day with a short to-do list.
Know what you are going to do first thing every day in order to get through the day. Give yourself time, though. If you're anything like me, you want to get as much done as possible each day. And it seems impossible to get more stuff done unless you work more hours. But the truth is, you can get more done if you take some time for yourself. By giving yourself time, you will find it easier to stick to your schedule, and actually accomplish more than you might otherwise. You will not be able to get more stuff done if you don't take a break from time to time.
Use a calendar application which incorporates a to-do list component to take control of your life. You can find many apps in your preferred mobile store, and I encourage you to buy the desktop version of your favorite application.
Take control of your email as well. Prioritize the emails that are urgent and important and delete those that aren't. Unsubscribe from all the mailing lists which don't add real value to your life. Not only will this help you with your concentration, but it will also save you time by reducing the number of messages that come your way on a daily basis.
Use the Pomodoro technique.
Many people use the Pomodoro technique, which was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, to stay focused. The technique involves setting a timer to 25 minutes and focusing on one task at a time. After that, you take a 5-minute break before starting the cycle again.
If you need less than 25 minutes to finish the task, use the remaining time to review your work, and then plan the next Pomodoro intervals. After you have completed four cycles, take a longer break (15-30 minutes).
Set realistic, measurable goals.
Specialists agree that if you write down your goals, you're far more likely to accomplish them. Make sure to set quantifiable goals, though. Write them down, and then determine the time it will take you to achieve each goal.
Setting up realistic goals and time frames will help keep you going, making you feel empowered. It's okay to give yourself some wiggle room but be reasonable. Some people set goals that will take a full year to achieve, when they could tackle those tasks within 3...6 months. Don't go that route; you can always extend your timeline if you feel it's necessary. And whenever you have a time constraint, tell your friends and accountability partners about it. This will also give them something to celebrate with you when you've met that goal.
Learn to say no.
Do you ever have the feeling that you're about to be overrun with obligations? This can be tiring, and over time, it can start to feel like you're taking on much more than you can handle.
To stay sane and keep your personal life on track, learn to say no. There are lots of obligations that come with your job and are hard to pass up. But if you have way too many, it can make it hard to get anything done, and your quality of life will start to suffer.
Celebrate your successes.
There's something about the act of celebrating your achievements that can lead you to getting more stuff done. So, celebrate all your accomplishments! When you learn to acknowledge your achievements and reward yourself for them, you will become a motivated, confident, successful individual.
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