Are you familiar with this scenario? You begin a project – could be personal or could be business – and at first, you’re excited! But you quickly get overwhelmed with the details and everything that has to be done. Soon, your project loses momentum because you’re paralyzed. Well, we’re about to show you a technique that anyone can use to get more done and finally eradicate any feelings of overwhelm! When you finally get rid of that feeling of overwhelm, you’ll find that you procrastinate less and less. Instead, you just simply get stuff done!
To start, each morning (or even better – the night before) you’ll write down the most important three things you must get done that day. Not two, or five, or eight things, but just three. That’s it.
Now, block out a specific period of time… anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour or more, depending on your own capacity to focus. During this short time period, you will block out all distractions – turn off your phone, close your office door, and log out of Facebook. You get the picture. The fewer distractions, the more you’ll get done, guaranteed.
For your first-time block, concentrate only on accomplishing task number one on your list. Without distractions, and with a specific time period at hand, you’ll find that you get a lot done in very little time.
When that first task is done, if you have time left in your time block, begin working on task two. When your time block is up, take a 20-minute break. Then, start up another distraction-free time block. Continue to repeat this cycle until your three tasks are done.
At this point, one of two things will happen:
- You’ll have accomplished what you set out to accomplish – the three most important things you needed to get done today. Now you can rest easy knowing that you did the absolute best you could do, and you go those three things done. Or, the alternative:
- You now have momentum going for you, and you accomplished so much in so little time, that you feel like creating a new list of three things to get done! You follow the same process to accomplish these three things too! (Or two of them, or just one!) And now you’ve accomplished more than you set out to at the beginning of the day.