Get That One Thing Done

I’m coming at you today with my top productivity tip… Take the weight off your shoulders by getting that one thing done!

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I’ve been meaning to roll my superannuation from one account to another. For eight months. Yes that’s right, I’ve had this task on my to do list for that long, and every time I write it down I get annoyed at myself for it not being done yet. And it’s been hanging over my head, with me thinking to myself each night ‘I really MUST rollover my super tomorrow’…

Then I finally made myself sit down and fill in the form. It took 10 minutes. So I’ve wasted 8 months of angst over 10 minutes of action!!

Once I’d finished the task it felt like a weight had lifted, and it opened me up to be able to do a few other things that have been on my to do list for a while. Errand-y things, like write thank you cards, reply to an email about some business accounting, pack my hospital bag for the kidlet’s birth day and make up a batch of dhal to eat post-birth*.

So by doing one of the tasks from my I-don’t-want-to-do list, I got through five.

So here’s my hot tip on how to get the thing done:

  • The night before, work out what the thing is. What is it that you need to do? This is crucial, as you’re setting your intention about what you’re going to get done the next day.
  • In the morning, get up, don’t do anything else, and get that thing done. Don’t check your email or jump on Facebook or read funny articles on the Huffington Post or make a quick coffee while you chat with your colleagues or…or..or…
  • Just go directly to your task, and get it done.

By getting onto your task immediately you can’t get distracted. You know it needs to be done, and for me if the most annoying task doesn’t get completed by 11am then it doesn’t get done at all.

So it’s simple, right? Another way to say it is ‘just DO it’! but that can be easier said than done, or we’d never end up with a list of things that we reaallllly need to do.

Go forth and be productive!

Xx Sam

*I may have stuffed up the recipe. So now I have about 10 litres of overcooked, mushy dhal to eat. Lucky me!

 

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2 Comments on Get That One Thing Done

  1. Candy
    October 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM (4 years ago)

    You make an excellent point Sam. Tomorrow night I am finally going to finish my tax return thanks to reading your blog. I started it in July and avoided it since for no reason at all!
    I guess next on my list would be my super too 🙂

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    • admin
      October 21, 2013 at 12:52 AM (4 years ago)

      Fantastic! Not the most exciting thing ever, but once it’s done it’s out of the way and you can stop using up valuable mental space reminding yourself that it needs to be done and feeling guilty! xx

      Reply

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