How many times have you told yourself that you would get something done, but then never followed up on it? Well, as someone who has been there too many times before, I’ll tell you: it sucks. You feel guilty and crappy about yourself for not following through with your word. And what’s worse is when other people are counting on those things to be completed! So here is a guide of 10 steps to getting things done so that you don’t make any more excuses and actually complete the tasks at hand – starting now.
Step One: Assess what you need to do.
A lot of people don’t know where to start when they want to get things done, so the first thing you should do is take a look at your list and assess which tasks are urgent and which ones can wait. Some examples include: doing laundry, buying groceries for tonight’s dinner, filing your taxes.
Step Two: Set time limits for yourself.
It’s important to know how much time you actually have each day and work within those limitations so you can be realistic with what you need to get done in a specific amount of time. For instance, if I only had five minutes before work today – that means laundry will not get accomplished (unless it was already washed), but dishes might happen if they’re in the dishwasher or sink! You should also take into account all other tasks on your list and create a plan around them accordingly; there is no point doing one thing twice because you didn’t have enough time to do any others.
Step Three: Create reminders for yourself.
It’s hard to remember everything you need to get done, so create reminders for yourself that can be set on your phone or calendar. It helps with accountability and organization! This is especially helpful if you are working on a long-term project – instead of letting it linger in the back of your mind (or worse, not reminding yourself about it at all!), you’ll have these little nagging alerts nudging you along every now and then.
Step Four: Make time for fun things.
Don’t forget why we do this whole thing in the first place; because life is meant to be enjoyed, too! Prioritize making time for what makes YOU happy each day as well as getting work completed; there will always be more to do, but you can’t get anything done if you’re too tired to think.
Step Five: Don’t be afraid of failure!
It’s inevitable that we’ll make mistakes along the way and fall down at some points in our lives – it’s how we learn from them and continue moving forward with a strong back. You might not always feel as though your work is “good enough” or accomplished enough; remember that nobody ever does everything perfect all the time, so don’t be hard on yourself for trying (and failing) at something new instead of giving up right away because you’re scared. It may take more trial-and-error than others before you find what works best for you, but there are no shortcuts to success.
Step Six: Invest in your future!
The more you put into it, the better you’ll be at it – and that goes for anything from learning a new skill like coding to improving an old one such as grammar or reading comprehension skills. The easiest way to do this is by practicing every single day; if you find yourself burned out after doing something too long, try taking breaks sometimes so your brain can have time to rest and recharge before coming back with fresh ideas (or take a break altogether) because there’s no point in being productive all the time without giving yourself some space when needed. You might also want to consider investing in books or other resources on how-to topics related to what you’re trying to get better at.
In your future!
Tips: don’t tell yourself you’re not good enough, you are good enough for what’s necessary – that means it doesn’t matter if you can put together a complicated IKEA plan without getting confused halfway through or do advanced calculus in your head; this is about having the tools and strategies so that when you find something challenging, instead of just being overwhelmed by things like feeling like “I’m not smart” (which isn’t true), you’ll have concrete steps at hand to get better at whatever you’re trying to do. Or as Albert Einstein once said Weltanschauungen sind Gefangene des Zufalls angesichts der Wahrheit.
Tackle the things you’re not good at first, and if there’s something you enjoy doing more than everything else – like reading books or drawing; don’t feel guilty about spending time on that because it feels nice to spend a few hours immersed in an activity you love instead of feeling frustrated and annoyed with all your failures when you try to do other tasks. Lastly, always prioritize sleep as well!