006_GET MORE DONE

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Personal Development

I was asked recently; “Dylan, how do you get all this stuff done?”

I think what they really meant in asking this question was; “How can you get all this stuff done and still have time to go out, have fun and have a life outside of work and school?”

Pretty interesting question to be honest, but I remember just shrugging my shoulders and saying; “I don’t know, I just do.” Which is good when you don’t want the conversation to go on, but the more I thought about it I began to wonder myself, how did I get all this stuff done?

‘This stuff’ mainly pertains to school work, studio projects and assignments that seem to pile up in an endless mountain of shit to and grows exponentially each semester.

So, I sat down and thought it over. Here’s what I do, to get more shit done.

NOT YESTERDAY. NOT TOMORROW. NOW.

This mantra is one I strongly believe in and is a pretty crucial part in getting shit done. If I get an assignment, a project, a report…whatever it is, I’ll start it the day I get it if possible. It doesn’t matter what it is or what’s needed for it. The physical act of starting the project on the first day instills something in your brain that seems to keep pushing you to finish. The longer you leave it started but unfinished, the more it nags at your head.

Starting something NOW, instead of yesterday or tomorrow, could be as simple as going through the project/assignment brief and making an outline of major tasks you are going to have to do, potential research topics or even creating a timeline of when you want to finish things by. Just start it at least!

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EXTRA TIME YOU HAVE.

Time is fleeting and temporary and we often don’t see just how much of it is passing us by. Ferris Bueller said it best; “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Engrain that in your head and the next time you have a spare fifteen minutes, instead of mindlessly scrolling through Instagram like a drone, dedicate those fifteen minutes to the project at hand. You’d be surprised how much of an affect this can have.

KEEP THE END IN MIND.

Keeping the end of the project in mind is so crucial. Always make sure that the end of the project and the result stays in your head. This keeps you focused and gives you something to work towards, like the finish line at the end of a race. I always found this technique helpful, as thinking this way provides you with a direction and a way to go.

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CHANGE.

Instead of wasting hours of your time on things that are beyond your control and influence, focus on what you CAN change. Be proactive and take advantage of the opportunities you have. If you spend hours of your time trying to change things in your project that aren’t meant to be changed, you’re only hurting yourself. This goes back to keeping the end in mind, with a focused end goal.

WRITE SHIT DOWN.

I’m a very visual person, meaning I can learn and understand things better if I can see them in front of me instead of listening to someone talk about it. I’ve found that writing down what needs doing, creating a project checklist keeps me accountable and reliable during the completion of any project. Writing things down also helps you to realize that it’s not as bad as you think. Check those things off as you go, whether its in a daily planner/journal, a notebook or even a sketchbook.

The physical action of checking items off a list and seeing your progress is super motivating to the brain.

NOT YESTERDAY. NOT TOMORROW. NOW.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EXTRA TIME YOU HAVE.

KEEP THE END IN MIND.

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CHANGE.

WRITE SHIT DOWN.

Take these with however many grains of salt you wish, but don’t knock them till you try them. Afterall you’re the one looking how to get more shit done. It can’t hurt to try.

GET MORE DONE.

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