5 Top Tips For Getting Sh** Done For Work

Are you not getting as much done as you ought to be? Do you find you spend more time procrastinating than you do being productive? Fear not, for I have 5 top tips for getting sh** done, and I’m not one to toot my own horn but they really are top, if I do say so myself!

 

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My 5 top tips for getting sh** done:

 

1. Learn what gets you in the zone

Whether it’s throwing your hair up in a bun and drinking enough caffeinated crap to sink a small ship or putting on a playlist packed with Queen Bey’s bangers, learn what gets you in the mood for work and do it, ASAP.

 

2. Plan plan plan!

Next, be sure to plan, plan, plan. It’s all very well knowing what you want to get done but if you haven’t put any plans in place to make it happen it bloody well won’t, will it? Get your goals down! There’s something about putting a pen to paper to set your intentions that makes you feel like they *have* to happen and when you see them before your eyes, even the biggest loftiest dreams feel like they’re only an arms length away.

 

3. Sack social media off

If, like me, when you’re faced with a task you’d rather not do you’ll spend more time in the world of social media than you do the real one – anti-social is the app for you. This bad boy’ll block any websites you tell it to for however long you want it to, but the best thing about it is that you have to restart your computer if you want to go on a site before the time you set is up, which can be that much of a pain in the backside you’d rather not bother, I bet!

Another thing I’ve found helpful is deleting the social media apps on my phone, but if that’s a bit much for you, you could always just turn off your notifications. This will cut the time you spend fannying about in half, I *promise*, and if anyone needs you that badly, I’m sure they have your number.

 

4. Keep meetings to a minimum

It may seem like a genius idea to pencil in meeting after meeting, and while it *is* a good idea to have a bit of healthy human interaction from time-to-time to bounce ideas around or even to have someone be your sounding board, meetings can waste SO MUCH TIME. Inspired by Asana and their ‘no meeting Wednesdays’ I’ve decided to have something a little like that for myself on a Monday. For me, Mondays are my most productive days. I’m feeling fresh after a weekend (more or less) off, and ready to take on the week by a storm so on a Monday I want to reserve as much time as I can to get on with things uninterrupted. There’s nothing worse than having to stop and start starting, so I’ve allowed myself a day in the week where I won’t have to – simple.

 

5. And finally… actually begin?

The biggest obstacle I personally face when I write is actually starting. Staring at a blank page makes my mind draw a blank too, so when that happens the best thing to do I find is to just start writing the first thing that comes to mind. Whether that be a commentary on the world around me (for example on the beauty blender I used for a makeup tutorial that’s now falling to bits in the corner after I stuck my stiletto nail through it or on the makeup brushes that haven’t been washed since the battle of hastings in 1066 – my bad), lyrics from the Destiny’s Child song I’m listening to on repeat or theories about who the hell uber A is, it’s good to get something down, as even if it’s more irrelevant than last year’s Celebrity Big Brother line up it kills the anxiety that comes with the dreaded blank page. If you throw enough sh** at a fan, some of it’ll stick – trust me. That’s how most of my blog posts take shape!

What do you to to make sure you get stuff done? Be sure to let me know!

Vanessa McIntosh

Writer by day, blogger by night

Vanessa is a 20-something lipsticked linguist from the North East of England working on her AHRC-funded PhD at Newcastle University. She also teaches undergraduate English Language and Linguistics, and when she’s not on campus you’ll find her on her sofa with a cup of tea eyeing up the latest Morphe palette and working on her blog lipstickandlinguistics.com. Before she began doctoral study Vanessa worked as a retail makeup artist and even still she loves nothing more than making women feel good about themselves - on the inside as well as the outside. As an advocate for mental health Vanessa is working on her first monograph, a self-help guide to kicking anxiety and depression to the curb. You can expect content on bossbabe.co from Vanessa every Wednesday at 9am PST but feel free to subscribe to lipstickandlinguistics.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @landlblog_ for your daily dose of her rambling on… and on and on.

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