Here’s how to get shit done.
Discover tips so you’ll get more done in your business.
Ever look at your to-do list and tell yourself it’s impossible to do all these things?
Let me tell you if you’re like everyone ever you’re not alone.
Many clients (and friends) come to me, asking how I get everything done.
Because I do a lot of things. Like a lot.
· Run a business
· Do my finances
· Service my clients
· Write blogs
· 2 hours of gym daily
· Record and edit podcasts
· Write a few newsletters monthly
· Yell at my cat
And the list goes on.
Which means, it’s possible to do all of the things on your to-do list and then some.
I promise if you keep reading, I’ll get to the juicy (how you can get shit done) bits soon.
Getting shit done by noticing your mind
But firstly, I’m a back-story kind of girl.
Do I get up at stupid O’clock? You’ll know the answer to that if you’ve ever met me.
If you haven’t, I don’t do stupid O’clock.
So then what is it?
Ever heard the word mindset and gotten a little vomity in your mouth?
No. Only me?
Well, I was hearing about it everywhere and not buying it.
What about the word abundance?
Urgh! What even is that? And I’m a #wordnerd.
Well, as per my usual, I got to reading and researching all of the things.
And then I made a shocking discovery.
I do what these things are and didn’t even know it.
I’ve always created an abundance of time in my life because I’ve always told myself, yeah, I can do that I’ve got the time.
She’ll be right.
And I’ve been quite the mindset guru (cue second vomity word) for years.
Because if I want to do something, I do it.
Nothing gets in my way.
But what I didn’t know is how crucial mindset is for you.
How does mindset change getting stuff done?
Ok, so what the hell does mindset mean?
Your thoughts about you and your life determine your success.
There’s a mind-blown moment for you.
So, once you start fiddling and playing with the thoughts in your mind, you can challenge it.
And control it. Not let it control you.
But let me tell you the difference between your brain and your mind.
Your brain is the most powerful organ in your human body, after all.
So, it’s going to try control your thoughts from time to time. If not always.
Plus, it uses 20% of the oxygen and blood in your body. Another thing I read once.
Which means our brains are powerful.
But here’s another lightbulb moment for you.
Believe it or not, mindset isn’t an organ, that’s your brain.
You can’t change your physical organ.
But your mindset is your mind. It’s different, and you can use it to your advantage.
1. Challenge your thoughts
Why am I telling you this sciency stuff?
Because here’s your step number 1 of sorting your shit.
Start challenging the thoughts in your mind.
So, if you’re overwhelmed by your to-do list, tell yourself you can do it.
Challenge the thoughts in your mind about creating time (abundance if you will) and open your mind up to it.
2. Audit your time of getting shit done
I read once entrepreneurs are risk-takers, and I’ve always gone into the unknown ready to tackle it.
Does that make me a successful entrepreneur? Who knows.
If you’re not a risk-taker, don’t worry. Because step number 2 is checking your time.
Because you want to learn how you spend your time, so you know where it goes.
Ever used Toggl? It’s an app that tracks your time.
So track everything. And I mean everything.
· Trawling through social media
· Sending emails
· Worrying about sending emails
· The Googling
· Creating social media posts
· Making coffees
· Refilling your water bottle
· Sending texts, WhatsApp’s, Messenger’s, replying to social media posts
Thinking, but what about tracking your work time?
Well, first things first.
If you do this, then you’ll make a shocking discovery of your own.
And it’s where your time goes.
Do you think sending 2 emails takes 10 minutes?
Track it and tell me if that 10 minutes is over an hour.
So once you discover where your time goes, you can begin to focus on managing these bits. The bits that aren’t anything to do with your working focus time.
3. Remove the notifications
Did you know alerts and notification’s purpose in our lives is to change your focus?
Yeah, it’s true. Because the alert shifts your focus from what you’re doing and your brain gets excited to check it out.
Believe it or not, when you’re interrupted from your task, your brain takes an average of 23 minutes to get back to focusing on what you were doing.
Mate, 23 minutes is a lot of wasted time, huh?
So, my next tip is to remove your notifications and stay focused on what the heck you’re doing.
Want to read more about it?
And how to tackle your notification rabbit hole?
Check this out from my work wife, soon to be business partner and productivity queen. (Click here)
4. Set yourself time limits
Don’t go into your day willy-nillying around.
I mean making a list of what you need to do and sitting down with no structure.
Take control of your time and set yourself time limits.
You’ve taken notice of where your time goes, which means you’ve opened up more right?
So, per task, give your self a set time.
30 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours, and get it done in that time.
Suppose you don’t finish it. Move onto your next task in your next block of time. Don’t keep doing the current one because your day will get longer.
Do you want a longer day? I know the answer to that because no one wants that.
Aaaah, but Gemma when do I finish my unfinished tasks?
Did you ask that? Because I heard it.
Well, do you create admin time in your business? Time to get all the miscellaneous bits done?
If not, you should. But I’m not talking about that.
Create some time at the end of your day or week, whatever works for you and leave it open to finish unfinished things.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
Well, no, it’s not. It takes discipline, mind focusing and practise.
But give it a go. Because it works for me and I know it will work for you too.
5. Don’t abandon ship
This saying came from the US navy, and you know how disciplined they are, huh?
If you’re setting yourself goals and tasks to get towards those goals, don’t give up.
Even if it’s not a particular goal, but general business things or client work don’t put it off.
Don’t surrender to your mind telling you that you don’t want to do things.
If it’s on your to-do list and you’ve done step 1-4 above then stick to your guns. (Enjoying the navy theme of this paragraph)
If it’s on your to-do list, schedule it in and do it. (As says, Nike)
It’s possible to get shit done. Even if you think it isn’t.
· Create an open mindset to having a lot of time
· Track your time of everything you do and learn
· Remove notifications
· Create boundaries and time frames
· And don’t give up
And, over to you
However, as I said above, it’s not easy to completely change the way you do things straight away.
It takes practice and persistence when following these steps.
But what’s the most excellent news you’ll read today?
I’ve created a coaching session to help you get shit done.
What’s it called?
Sort Your Shit. (Surprised much?)
I created it because I’m dam good at it.
And I know I can help you sort your shit, plan your week or year and drop the overwhelm of your goals.
Because I’ve already done it for others.
“OMG Girl! I’ve just scheduled posts for three weeks on LinkedIn. Thanks for setting the way for me to schedule, be ready and grow my business.” Dora Nikolaou
If you want more info, click here.
Or, are you in? Click here.
And let me help you sort your shit and grow your business.