Feels like you can never get on top of your to-do list? Or you always find yourself procrastinating things because you don’t have enough motivation to get things done. Or you find it hard to achieve any goal? Oh well if that’s the case, take a second and think of everything you need to do today, this week and this month. Does your brain hurt? Ahaaa, I can feel you. With so much to do, it’s quite strenuous to focus and figure out how to be more productive and achieve your goals. Or sometimes, how to even begin ticking off the things on our to-do list.
HOW I ACHIEVE ANY GOAL
If you may have noticed, I’m a kind of person who loves to set goals even in everyday life and by the grace of god, I manage to achieve them as well. Wanna know the secret how? Keep reading! Well, my strategy to get things done is not revolutionary or anything, but it’s something that I’m using since my high school days and I’m stucked to it because it actually works.
Before you set goals for yourself, check out this blog post to set intentional plans for yourself.
HOW TO ACHIEVE ANY GOAL
Here are my simple ways to have a “stress-free productivity” and get things done.
Use a notebook, an online task management app or whatever you prefer to write down the things which are dividing your attention right now. Everything – Be it big or small, personal or professional, long term goals and everyday to-dos. Everything needs to be captured. Write down everything before engaging yourself into it. Once you will work through this step, you may find that you’ll be able to be more specific.
Now that you’ve captured everything which is running in your head, it’s time to get some clarity. When you’ve a lot on your plate, it’s normal to focus more on working rather than organizing yourself. However, by prioritizing your goals and organizing time, you’ll get a clearer picture of what exactly you need to do next. So, once you jot down every goal or task that you need to accomplish, it’s time to divide them. Identify how much time each task is going to take and then divide them as per their standard time limit.
Now that you’ll have a clear picture of your short term and long-term goals, identify which tasks are practical and possible to finish at the moment (check out your short-term goals here). Say for example, if there are things like sending a mail or phone calls to make, which can be done in between short time frame (max half an hour), try to finish them straight away. It will help to make your overwhelming list look better and relaxing.
Once you’re done with this, the next step is to prioritize rest of the tasks. Identify what is important and what’s not. Prioritizing your tasks will help you to know that where you need to put your time, energy and efforts.
FIGURE OUT YOUR MOTIVATION
Organized lists are all well but if you don’t review them frequently, you’ll just become a compulsive list maker who is not productive either! Always remember that there’s a reason you wanted to work on any particular goal so make sure to write down that reason so that you can remind yourself why you started in case you find yourself struggling in the future.
SET A DEADLINE
“THE ULTIMATE INSPIRATION IS THE DEADLINE”, they say. And I believe it’s true because deadlines are the one which helps me to get things done without any procrastination. If you set a time frame for yourself, there’ll be a pressure to achieve that goal which will automatically compel you to work on it. Deadlines help you to move closer to your goals every day. And along the way, it gives you an opportunity to experience the joy of small wins everyday.
COME WITH 3-5 ACTION STEPS
Now that you’ve build such a clear and motivational picture to work towards your goals, its’s time to take action. If your goal is big and time consuming, break it into smaller steps to make it more manageable. If you’ll work in an unrealistic way and will try to achieve everything all at once, you may end up feeling frustrated or giving up. So remember to be realistic with yourself while working on your goals.
ACHIEVE ANY GOAL AND REWARD YOURSELF
Why is it important to reward yourself after completing your goals? Oh well, it’s all about dopamine. Do you know dopamine spikes in your brain when something pleasurable happens? This, in turn, increases the happiness level, productivity and motivation within you. You can simply reward yourself by taking yourself out for a movie or lunch, buying yourself something or whatever you want.