As a busy mom who hasn’t slept for more than 3 years through the night, I’m interested in everything that has to do with productivity, time management, and work-life balance.
I’m a stay at home mom, as well as an online entrepreneur and know how hard it is to get stuff done while my toddler is smearing smoothie on the wall.
In this post, I’m going to share with you 8 bulletproof tips you can use to get stuff done no matter how busy you are.
TABLE OF CONTENT
- Sleep well
- Set yourself goals
- Reverse engineer
- Break up the goal in tiny little action steps
- Set daily no brainer goals
- Set yourself a time limit to accomplish the task
- Stop indulging in negative thoughts
- Focus on the result, not the action
HOW TO GET STUFF DONE
1. SLEEP WELL
While a good night’s sleep might not seem so relevant to productivity several studies show that it actually is.
A study made at Hult International Business School found out that sleep deprivation leads to a decrease in performance, lower productivity and a decline in physical well-being.
Professor Dr. Julie Silver from Harvard Medical School explains that sleeping only 4-5hours per night for a week or 24hours without sleep affects our performance negatively.
With this kind of sleep deprivation, we function like a person who is considered legally drunk.
You can affect your performance and productivity by starting the day rested.
7 to 8 hours of sleep per night is considered as the best amount of time.
In case you have little kids around who wakes you up every 2hours per night you can go earlier to bed and stay in bed longer than 7-8hours to ultimately get enough sleep every night.
2. SET YOURSELF GOALS
Set yourself goals and know exactly what you want to reach in which time period.
I personally love to make in December a plan with my bigger goals for the entire next year and currently use the printable Slay Your Goals Planner to do so.
Mark the date you want to reach those goals in your calendar.
Let’s say one of your goals is to move to another city in April.
Then you would define when in April you want to move and mark it in your calendar.
3. REVERSE ENGINEER
Once you have your goals and the dates marked in your calendar. It’s time to reverse engineer.
This means you start from the end in mind and work yourself up until today.
You ask yourself what you have to do to make it possible.
In this case, you start from the date of moving in April and work yourself up until today.
4. BREAK UP THE GOAL IN TINY LITTLE ACTION STEPS
You break down your big goal into tiny little action steps.
Create a list and write down all the action steps you need to take to realize your goal.
In our example these would be things like:
- Searching for a new apartment
- Viewing new apartments
- Signing the new rental contract
- Giving notice to the current landlord
- Decluttering each room before moving
- Selling unneeded items
- Researching moving companies
5. SET DAILY NO BRAINER GOALS
Once you have the list with all the little action steps you start setting no brainer goals for the day.
You give yourself a no brainer task for each and every day until your final goal is reached.
These no brainer goals should be little tasks taking up just a few minutes (10-30minutes) per day.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with giant daily tasks.
Instead, work consistently on your goal by taking tiny little steps towards is each day.
Some of the no brainer tasks could be:
- day 1-14: search every day for a new apartment and send email for viewing appointment (20minutes/day)
- day 15-28: visit the new apartments
- day 29: sign new rental contact
- day 30: write the notice of termination for your rental agreement
- day 31: send notice of termination for rental agreement
I think you get the idea.
6. SET YOURSELF A TIME LIMIT TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR TASKS
Before you start doing any of your tasks set yourself a time limit.
We tend to be more focused and more productive when we give ourselves a tight schedule and set a time limit to finish the task.
You might know this back from school or university when you had to turn in a paper on time.
Somehow we always managed to turn in the paper on time, right.?
I don’t know how about you but I sometimes felt like a super Ninja back than and got way more done in the last 2 days before the deadline than the whole semester.
A recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research makes clear that the longer the deadline, the more people tend to procrastinate and to quit on their goals.
An article published in the Harvard Business Review suggests the solution to this problem to focus on everyday results day by day rather than on the end goal.
7. STOP INDULGING IN NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
You have your no brainer tasks scheduled in your calendar but don’t feel like taking on the task at all.
First off: It’s normal that you don’t want to do the work.
Your brain wants to keep you always in your comfort zone.
Successful people don’t feel motivated to do their tasks every day as either.
But they push through their negative feelings and do it anyway.
Once you sit down to do the work and feel negative thoughts arising know that it’s normal.
The primitive part of your brain wants to keep you cozy and safe and avoid work.
Keep in mind what you’ve already accomplished in the past and take this proud feeling of yourself instead indulging in negative thoughts.
Negative thoughts won’t bring you closer to your goal.
You don’t have to be motivated all the time, you just need to do the work every day.
8. FOCUS ON THE RESULT, NOT THE ACTION
Focus on the result rather than on the action you need to take.
Going back to our earlier example of moving to another city it might be something like this:
Let’s say you have to go to the post office and send your notice to your current landlord but have no desire to go to the post office at all.
Don’t focus on how you have to walk to the post office and how long it takes to get there, the long queue you might be in at the post office, etc.
Instead, focus on the fact that giving notice to your current landlord is an essential step you need to take to move out of your current place.
It’s one little yet very important step you need to take to be able to move to your desired new place.
All tools I mention in this post at a glance:
- Slay Your Goals Planner: consists of 75+ printable goal setting pages and is the exact planner I’m using to map out my yearly goals and to break them down into tiny action steps.
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