How to Get Things Done in Half the Time

Reading Time: 3 minutes

If you’re someone on the 9-5 grind, you’re used to working 8 hours a day. But, at the end of those 8 hours, how many times have you felt like you weren’t able to accomplish what you wanted, if anything? You might have clocked in the hours to try to get things done, but you feel like there’s really nothing to show for it.

It’s 100% accurate that this isn’t helping your confidence, or helping you relax. Not only can we provide tips on stress management, but we can also give insight on how to complete what’s necessary in half the time!

Get what NEEDS to be done.
If you have a task that is DEFCON 5 (please tell me that you understand the reference), you should focus all of your attention to it. You need to be working on tasks that really “move the dial” instead of tasks that keep the dial stagnant. Performing actual work on these tasks might be tedious, or stressful, but hey someone has to do it. If you’re too focused on tasks that aren’t really helping your business to be the best of the best, you might want to re-analyze what you are spending your time on.

Create a light at the end of the tunnel.
From my own personal experience if I need to complete a task, but I don’t have a set due date, I’m going to constantly be drifting from task-to-task. However, I found the best way for me to get those things done is by setting up a deadline, and starting it a couple days before the due date. If you’re anything like mw, not only will this make you hyper-focused, but you will also crank it out in no time. My personal best was writing a 20 page essay in two days. No, I didn’t get any sleep, but that was by far the best paper I wrote in my college career! Instead of spending unnecessary time on a task, give yourself a one-hour deadline and see what happens.

Work like there’s 10 seconds left in the game.
There’s 10 seconds left in the game and you’re down by 1, what do you do? Are you going to think about letting down your team? Are you going to think about the consequences of losing? Of course not! You focus on what needs to be done in order for you to finish on top. The same thing goes for getting things done in the work place. You don’t focus on receiving or sending text messages, what you’ll eat for dinner, or if you’ll get all the chores done. No. You focus on the important task at hand and eliminate all of the distractions. I recently tried putting my phone away in my desk so I wouldn’t look it every couple of minutes. You put your head down and actually get work done.

Seeing is believing.
Have you ever had a fitness goal, and just thought “Okay I’m going to do this without looking for results until the deadline I gave myself”? No way! You want to be able to actually see the results in real-time, right? The best ways to do this is by tracking your results and measuring your progress. The same can happen in a business setting. You want to see progress for the hard work that you’re putting in.

If you’re following all these tips and not even tracking the results, what’s the point? You want to see that you HAVE completed the tasks that are necessary; you HAVE gotten those tasks done before the deadline you set. You HAVE put away distractions that can hinder your productivity. Follow all these steps and I promise you will be able to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done.