Have you ever sat down at your desk only to find that an hour has drifted by and you’ve got nothing much done?
That used to happen to me all the time until I started doing these 4 things..
1: Wake Up Earlier!
If you’re waking up at 7:30 just like everyone else then you’re waking up too late.
Ever since I started waking up at 5 I’ve been getting so much more work done it’s unbelievable.
I feel like it’s a huge edge to get a few hours of work done when it’s still dark outside while other people are still asleep in bed getting nothing done.
By the time they’re just getting out of bed you’ve already been making progress for hours!
2: Prioritize Your Work!
Get the most important stuff done first.
How many times have you checked your emails or social media first thing and then got drawn into it for hours or even the entire day.
Look at your to do list and prioritize it.
Most people find that their brain is the most active for the first few hours in the morning, especially after a 20-minute jog so put the tasks at the top that actually require you to think and put the mindless tasks last.
The Pomodoro method is AMAZING!
Basically, you set a timer for 25 minutes so that you can see the countdown and try to get as much work as possible done in that time.
I have a timer going right now and I’m trying to get this entire article written in less than 25 minutes!
Right now, it’s at 14minutes 28 seconds.
When the 25 minutes are up you can take a 5-minute break but I prefer to just start the timer again right away.
The method also allows for a 30-minute break after every 4 25 minutes of work.
I always try to make a game of it.
There’s something about seeing that timer go down that just makes me work!
Also, it’s important that you allow for zero distractions.
If a distraction arises then you write it down on a piece of paper and deal with it at the end of the Pomodoro.
4: Block Out Distractions
How many times have you been working on something and then had a momentary lapse of will power and checked your Facebook only to waste the next hour or 2 looking at what your friends got up to on the weekend?
It used to happen to me all the time until I started using the Freedom app to block out distractions.
You just input a list of all the sites that distract you and then put a timer on it and while that timer is active you cannot visit those sites.
It works on desktops and mobiles and it’s actually a good feeling when you go to check one of your blocked sites only for it to say it’s blocked so you have no choice but to get some work done!
You can check Facebook or Twitter later!
Give the 4 points above a try and I guarantee you will be amazed at how much more work you get done and success comes from hard work!