How to stop procrastinating and get things done now

 

Imagine this scenario... you're working hard in your job, on your side hustle or even just getting through that never-ending pile of life admin and you can't seem to get everything done. We've all been there, especially me. Over the past few years I've learnt some great time-saving, productivity hacks that will honestly change your life!

 
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1. The 2 Minute Rule

This little trick comes from David Allen in his book Getting Things Done. If the task is going to take two minutes or less, just do it straight away. I love how simple yet effective this is. Often, the task might actually take slightly longer than two minutes. Maybe it takes 5 or 10 minutes, but because you've started it you end up finishing it anyway, and then it's crossed off your list - voila! 

 
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2. Throw away your to-do list and sign up to Trello! 

I work in fashion and it's a fast paced industry. You write a lovely, neat to-do list at the beginning of the day and by 11 o'clock there have already been two ad-hoc meetings scheduled and your whole list of priorities change - sound familiar? I wish someone had told me about Trello a long time ago - I've been using it for six months now and I'm much more organised and motivated to get things done. Trello can be used for many things but I use it as an online to-do list. I have lists for today, tomorrow and this week, and on each list I add 'cards' with my day-to-day tasks. I then use coloured labels to assign priorities to my tasks and drag then up and down the list depending on their importance at that moment in-time. And the best part? Once you've completed a task you can drag it into a 'done' list - so satisfying!

 
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3. Big Rocks

"Big Rocks" is a term coined by Dr. Stephen R. Covey. If you fill a jar with big rocks, you might say to yourself that the jar is full - but you would be wrong. Around the rocks you can fill the gaps with little pebbles, and then you might think the jar is full, but still you can fit more in. Pouring sand into the jar will fill up all the little spaces, but the jar isn't full until you pour water into the jar at the end. Would you be able to fit those big rocks in now? No, because there's no space left. If you imagine your day as rocks, pebbles and sand you can organise your time to ensure you always complete the important tasks of the day. If you spent all your day answering emails you would never fulfil any of those really important tasks. So you need to start off your day by thinking about the big rocks in you want to accomplish, and plan to fill the rest of your time with the sand - such as checking emails, daily admin and running errands. 

I hope these productivity hacks help you in your day-to-day - let me know if you're planning on using any of them and if so, how you get on!

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