I’m a person who’ll take on a ton of things and have high ambitions for each day. My to-do list is ever growing but I find myself adding things more than striking off work. This situation led me to juggle too many things at once and even if I did apply for a job at the circus, I’d be overqualified.
Procrastination is a very real enemy but something that can be dealt with through planning and calculated execution.
Here are 3 ways I manage to continue adding more to-do’s while trying to strike away faster!
1. Segment your time. Everyone works at a different time frame. Some work better in the morning, some finish work faster after a good lunch. Figure out your time blocks and set your priorities accordingly for daily tasks. Concentrate on just that one task in that time frame and move on only when you’re finished it. Eg: I schedule all my sales and client calls between 10-11am only after I finish opening and replying to my mails between 9-9:30am.
Aim for maximum efficiency during that time frame and that task will not bother you during other times of the day. Tip: Set basic alarms on your phones for daily tasks (check mail - 9:00am) and reminders for specific tasks (Call Karan at 10.30am tomorrow)
2. Introduce Accountability Find a friend or co-worker and share your goals/to-do lists with them. Having someone to remind and force you to finish your to-do lists or reach your goals goes a long way. Everyone needs motivation and by sharing your goals with someone who can follow up with you can help both of you to channel the motivation better. Tip: Use Google Keep to make checklists and share it with your friend.
3. Stop Multitasking and unplug regularly. You can’t do everything at once. Taking every turn on the road will not take you to the destination you want to go to. Multitasking can also increase the burden and you risk burning out. Prioritise your tasks and give them undivided attention until they are finished. Incomplete tasks will haunt you more than new tougher tasks. Focus, finish and take a small break before you attack the next to-do. Prioritising tasks, finding someone to hold you accountable and not multitasking has helped me achieve more.