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How To Get Things Done #1

Sunday, April 17, 2016
No one's going to look at you like you're crazy... I hope.

These days, being productive is easier said than done. We're surrounded by so many distractions and procrastinating quickly becomes the better option. A quick visit to YouTube can steal hours of productivity, and as soon as we realize how much time we've wasted, we make up excuses and say that we'll do it tomorrow. 

Because making up excuses is easier, right? Right. But do you want to learn a simple trick that I do so that I don't even reach the point where I have to think of excuses? No problem.

It's all about talking to yourself. I know, I know. It sounds weird (crazy, even), but trust me when I tell you that it works all the time. This isn't some confidence-boosting exercise or a self-prep talk. This is you commanding yourself to sit down and work. Here's how I do it:

  1. The night before, I make a list in my head of the things I need to do the next day. 
  2. In the morning, I repeat those things and say things like, "Okay, today you are going to write ten pages and finish that by noon. Then you're going to..." For some reason, I talk to myself in third person... I think it's because it's more demanding and harsh, which really forces me to work.
  3. Every time I finish a task, I talk to myself again. "Right, you finished that. Awesome. Don't rest yet. Now you need to do all these..." 
  4. Finally, I promise myself a reward. "Do this and you can play Sims 4 afterwards." Your reward doesn't have to be huge. Just make it something you actually want and like.

So why do I do it? 

  1. You know when you're in class and your teacher is monitoring your performance really closely, and it seems just wrong to slack off? You get that feeling of wanting to perform well because someone is watching you. At home, no one's monitoring me (I'm not a clone #OrphanBlackReference) so making excuses for my poor productivity is acceptable. But is it commendable? No way. Making it feel like someone is directing me (even though it's just me) works.
  2. It helps me monitor my progress. When something sucks, I tell myself it sucks really harshly, and afterwards, I see improvement. "What the eff is this what even, is that all you can do? Stupid girl." Some people might say that this is too much, that having high self-expectations is dangerous, but hey, we all function differently.
This is just one way for me to get work done. I thought I'd talk about them separately because that really is how you get work done: one step at a time. Talking to yourself might work for you, and I hope it does, as it worked for me. 

I want you to try it out and tell me if it worked. Leave your experience in the comments below, and if you have any tips you want to share, feel free to share them below!
2 comments on "How To Get Things Done #1"
  1. OMG!! This post is so on point. I do all these things whenever I need to get things done as well. I talk to myself and make sure no one is looking so that no one will think I'm crazy. HAHAHA.

    And oh my god, you play The Sims?!?! *flails* Since you mentioned The Sims, I like you better now. Hehe :) nice post, Gail!

    Kyla of Carmel & Kyla

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    1. Hahaha! Oh my god yes, the Sims! Thanks, Kyla! <3

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