Not only is today Monday, it’s also the last day of the month. And Halloween!
Man time sure does fly!
Halloween is here and before you know it Thanksgiving will be here.
We all feel the time crunch but what can we do about it?
We can make the best use of our time that we can!
Here are 5 quick tips to help you get the most out of each day.
They are simple and customizable.
Do one or do them all!
1. TO DO LIST
- Get everything out of your head. When your mind is overloaded you will have a hard time focusing on the task at hand. You will also forget things. Write things down. To Do Lists are proven to be the key to efficiency. (Use this link to learn more and get a free To Do List template from Mindtools.com) Use To Do Lists to organize and prioritize your tasks.
- Try this: Make a To Do List either the night before or each morning. Check off as many items as you can. If you get stuck on something, move on to something else that’s a bit easier to tackle. You can always come back to an item when you’re ready. Items you don’t get done, transfer to the next day’s list. Continue doing this each day and you will be surprised at how much you’ve accomplished by the end of the week!
2. JUST SAY NO
- You’ve heard it over and over again (and not just in reference to drugs). There’s a reason you hear it repeated so much. It’s empowering! Being able to say no doesn’t seem like a hard thing, but you’d be surprised at how many times you do something that you actually didn’t really have the time for or didn’t want to do, all at the expense of something else more important. Don’t underestimate the power of being in control of your own time.
- Try this: Before saying yes to ANYTHING this week, pause and think about what you are giving up to be able to do it. Are you giving up your free time, time with your family, time you need to be working on something else? After taking time to evaluate it, if the trade-off is worth it to you, then say yes. If you feel stressed thinking about how to fit it into your schedule or think the trade-off is not wise, gently decline. You don’t owe anyone an explanation to why you can’t do something (except maybe your boss 🙂 ). Simply say, “I’m sorry I’m too busy.” or “I have plans.” Like Oprah said, “It’s nobody’s business if you’re busy watching TV, taking a nap, or relaxing in a bubble bath. You’re busy. Bottom line.”
3. JUST DO IT
- Here’s another phrase that you hear again and again (and not just in reference to Nike) and it’s one of my favorites! Sometimes when I am procrastinating something, I literally tell myself, “Just do it!” Nine times out of ten I find this motivates me to get the job done quickly. Usually it wasn’t as hard as I was making it out to be and I end up kicking myself for not doing it sooner!
- Try this: If you are having a hard time getting started on something that you know you need to get done, look in the mirror and say, “Just do it!” Then go for it!
4. DO NOT DISTURB
- Don’t feel bad about blocking off some of your time. It’s easier to concentrate without interruptions and you don’t lose time stopping and re-starting again. Not only do you get way more done in less time, most times you end up with a better end product. It’s win, win!
- Try this: Put an Out of Office message on your email saying that you are unavailable for a specific time period, schedule a meeting with yourself on your calendar, close/lock your door, go into a conference room, you can even block the entrance to your cube with a chair or sign. Your stress levels will go down as your productivity goes up.
5. DON’T BE A PERFECTIONIST (MVP)
- Perfectionism is highly over-rated. It generally doesn’t lead to a better end product. It generally leads to frustration and a feeling of never being good enough. It stresses out you and the people around you. My co-worker and I have a phrase we use when we are getting frustrated trying to get something done ‘just so’ and it’s taking way too much time. We say, “MVP!” MVP or Minimum Viable Product is a Business Improvement Process methodology to collect as much information as possible with the least amount of effort. It doesn’t have to be a perfect product, or the best product, it just has to be good enough to use for now. It can be improved later. During my work day you will often hear one of us remind the other one, “MVP!” This reminds us to accept it if it’s usable and move on to accomplish other things we also need to get done.
- Try this: Write MVP on a Post-It and hang where you will see it often. When you are getting frustrated trying to get something ‘just so’ but it’s at a point that’s usable remind yourself that MVP is good enough sometimes. Give yourself permission to move on to your next project or To Do item.
BONUS TIP: HAVE FUN
- Don’t forget to schedule some fun and relaxation into your week. Even if you don’t accomplish everything you want to every day, you will feel satisfied and ultra-productive if you are keeping balance in your life and incorporating a bit of self-care along the way.
- Try this: Schedule breakfast with a friend before going to work, try out a new yoga class, cozy up on the couch and watch your favorite TV show or movie. Fitting in some ‘me time’ will help keep you going strong all week long.
Enjoy your week and remember the key to success is consistency. You may not be able to get everything done all the time but as long as you’re working steadily you will accomplish a lot more than you may even think possible.
What are your secrets for getting things done?
I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment and share all those fabulous ideas with the world. 🙂