- Make A To-Do List
This is so stupidly simple but it’s one of the most effective ways to get things done. Write down every task you need to do, even if it’s just a little thing. Even if you don’t want to do it, even if you hate doing it, write it down. It helps your brain know that this task needs to be done and once you put it on paper and see them all listed out in front of you, your brain will let up on that pressure and everything will seem more manageable.
- Set Deadlines
Deadlines are important when trying to accomplish anything at work or school because they give us something specific to work towards. The same should apply to your personal goals, and it definitely helps to have some sort of accountability for those goals and deadlines.
- Use The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is a great way to set goals and motivate yourself. It involves setting short time limits for tasks (usually between 5-25 minutes) and taking breaks every 25 minutes for 5 minutes before starting another “pomodoro”. This helps clear your mind from distractions while still giving you time to eat a snack or use the restroom without feeling like you’re wasting time.
- Stop Multitasking
When we multitask, our brains feel like we’re getting more done than we actually are. We think we’re saving time by not focusing on one thing at a time but in reality we’re keeping ourselves distracted from finishing any one task; which leads back to procrastination! If you focus on one thing at a time, not only will they all get done faster but there’s also less chance of making mistakes along the way.
- Reward Yourself After Accomplishing Goals
It’s easy to get discouraged when we don’t see immediate results from what we did. This leads to us thinking that the work we did wasn’t worth it and can cause us to stop doing anything at all. To combat this, you should always reward yourself after accomplishing a goal. It doesn’t have to be something big like buying yourself a new TV, but it should be something small that will help motivate you for the next task ahead of you.