Tried and tested tips and tricks from the gods of productivity
Need to hustle and make that dough, but can’t quite bring yourself around to doing it?
In an ideal world, we are always productive and always getting things done. Sadly, however, that is not always the case. And when life really sucks, you can’t seem to find the motivation to work just when you really need to do it.
But, don’t worry! We’ve got your back. We’ll share with you some tips and tricks on how to get work done, right from the pros, so you know for sure that they work!
Work under a close deadline
Sure, you may have a deadline for all your tasks, whether these are house chores, school projects, or work presentations, but how often do you actually meet these deadlines? If you are like most people, then you most definitely are prone to procrastination. You can deny it all you want, but ultimately, your Netflix bill and internet browsing history will do the talking.
The thing is, even when you are not procrastinating and are actually doing your tasks, if the deadline isn’t looming right around the corner, the tendency is that you take your time doing these tasks. You work at a slow pace, taking a lot of leisurely breaks in between, and browsing through your social media accounts every couple of minutes.
Here is what you can do instead:
Even when your real deadline is, say, a couple of weeks from now, set a closer one for yourself. What if you force yourself to finish a quick task in a few minutes, or a big one in a couple of hours? Better yet if you let another person know about this deadline, like telling your boss you’ll send him that needed presentation at the end of the work day.
With this looming deadline in mind, you’ll be gearing yourself for some crunch time where all that matters is finishing that task ahead. Armed with speed and focus, you’ll find yourself done in no time!
Set up a music playlist for hustling
To be fair, we all work best under different environments. Some find focus in peace and quiet, while some find that they are able to work when there is music blasting from surround sound speakers. Some prefer the library, while some opt for cafes. It really is a matter of preference.
But, if you are one of those people who have better focus when there is some music or noise, then this trick will be right up your alley.
Creating and dedicating a music playlist exclusively for when you need to hustle will definitely get you energized and get your juices flowing. Not only does the music hype you up and keep you focused, only listening to this playlist when you’re in the grind will condition your brain to associate this music with intense work and productivity, meaning, once this becomes a habit, just hearing your “hustle music” will get you in the mood to work.
Find yourself a partner in crunch time
“Being socially connected is our brain’s lifelong passion…It’s been baked into our operating system for tens of millions of years.”Professor Matthew Lieberman
Pardon the poor play of words, but you get the gist- a work buddy can work wonders in keeping you focused and productive. This form of social facilitation will keep you on the edge and in a competitive mindset.
Being with someone also keen on working on important tasks will set and keep the pace and push you to keep going, focusing on work instead of getting distracted. Being surrounded with productive people are sure to have you emulating their focus.
The key here is to find someone who is in the same mindset as you, and someone who actually wants to get work done as well, rather than someone you know you’ll find yourself chatting with over random things for the next few hours.
There are many ways you can get work done, and these are just some of the proven ways to do it. Have more tips to share? Comment them down below!