Travel, social mobility, and the internet are the best time in history to dream and chase big goals.
Whether you want to build a brand, become an artist, or start a social movement that changes the world, it’s all possible with the tools right at our fingertips!
The potential is limitless, and success stories are written each day. For most of us, the challenge is accomplishing the tasks we set out for ourselves that will make our vision a reality.
No more hype – let’s talk about five real ways to get more stuff done in 2022.
1. Schedule Your Day for Success
Never underestimate the power of a yellow sticky note and a pen! This combo can create a to-do list that directs your entire day from sunrise to bedtime.
As soon as you’re up and at them, jot down the essential tasks you need to accomplish that day, along with a few other “bonus” tasks that will put you ahead of schedule or give you some extra leeway down the line.
Simply putting your tasks into physical form on paper eliminates all the fuzz and anxiety in your head when facing a busy day ahead. You can see which tasks need to get done, how long they will take, and the best order to tackle them one by one.
You don’t need a virtual assistant or fancy software to schedule the perfect, productive day! Just start with the pen-and-pad approach, and you’ll be way ahead of the competition.
2. Defend Yourself from Distraction
If humankind could conquer the distractions of the internet age, we’d be setting up bases across the solar system by now!
Exaggeration aside, it’s clear that many of us squander a great deal of potential by getting distracted throughout the day. Social media is the ultimate distractor for some of us, while text messages and unnecessary meetings can also waste away hours.
Let’s be honest: distractions are a part of life and will never be eliminated. However, we can all do better at avoiding distracting apps and activities when we should be hammering away at our to-do list.
Make a list of your big three distractions, and challenge yourself to keep them at bay for a full day. The irony is this: by the time you finish all your tasks, you’ll find that the desire to be distracted has disappeared.
3. Do the Difficult Stuff First
Some tasks seem extra grueling depending on your personality type or past experiences. Unfortunately, they’re the jobs nobody wants to do, but they must be done regardless.
We’re talking about trips to the DMV, filing taxes, and taking care of administrative needs like insurance and other household bills.
Even if you love your job, there’s bound to be a set of tasks that you always place on the backburner. The problem is that these dreaded tasks never disappear, and they only become more daunting the more we put them off!
The answer to this dilemma is to tackle these tedious tasks first, rather than saving them until the end of the day when you’re more likely to let them slide.
Prioritizing these tougher tasks does a few things for us psychologically and practically.
Firstly, it’s a big mental boost to complete the most challenging tasks on your list by the time you finish your first cup of coffee. After that, everything else is a breeze!
On top of that, you free up tons of mental and emotional energy when you finish your least-favorite task of the day. From that point on, you can focus entirely on being productive, enjoying your day, and just living life how you want.
Finally, you’ll soon discover that your most feared tasks are far more straightforward than you imagined in your mind. This is because your subconscious mind grows stronger each time.
4. Harness the Power of Momentum
Momentum is your best friend when tackling your daily to-do’s. Ever notice how tasks become progressively more accessible and intuitive as you go about your day? That’s the power of momentum in action.
Of course, momentum lost is hard to gain back, so do your best to avoid extended breaks or time away from your task list.
You’ll be surprised how much you can get done in a short block of time if you gain momentum early on and ride the wave until all tasks are complete.
5. Use Productivity Tools to Your Advantage
Most productivity tools don’t do us much good. You don’t need another glorified to-do list application.
However, some apps are indispensable, especially if you’re writing emails, articles, essays, or other critical documents. For example, a reliable Word Counter should always be a click away.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be unstoppable in your pursuit of success in 2022 and beyond!