2 Days in 1 : Get More Done
Shortly after typing A Millenial’s 6 Step Guide to Getting Things Done, I realized I had shared my strategy for getting things done (GTD) but, not the core strategy I use that helps me get more done (GMD) by staying focused.
Too Many Tasks After Work
Outside of the average workday tasks, many young professionals have a number of side projects that get harder and harder to keep up with as they accelerate. Even work tasks sometimes tend to bleed over into our personal time. How do we deal with all of these extra to do items after working a full day? It’s all in how you approach the tasks mentally.
Think Different: Two days in One
You just got home from a long day at work, you’re tired out and all you want to do is grab a beer and watch TV but, your unread book is staring at you and you really should finish your performance review preperation. Even updating your social network profiles and increasing your share of feed can feel like a burden at the end of a long day.
This is the crucial point where you can decide to get things done or melt into TV-induced bliss. How do you push yourself?
1. Take a 30 minute to 1 hour break after work to workout, eat or watch TV. This helps you to “reset” and gives your body a break.
2. Start another to do list and plan your evening hours, usually you have another 4 hours in your “2nd day”. Work your way through this list using the same steps you would during the day.
3. Throughout your “2nd day”, avoid getting distracted and using rationalizations like “I already worked today” or “It’s not big deal, I don’t really need to finish these tasks”. If you don’t take it seriously, the mental reset that helps you accomplish extra work won’t happen.
Final caution: Drinking more than two drinks during your “reset” with a friend will significantly decrease your productivity during your “2nd day”.
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