October 02, 2020
With only 2 days left in 2020, most of us have already started planning for 2021. Well, if you are one of them, then following tips from our experts will certainly help you get the most out of 2021.
Tip #1: Reward Yourself
Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to complete a task? Research shows that human brains work on impulses just like the lab rats. When there is a prize involved after a milestone, we are more likely to complete that task on our to-do list. So for example, set a prize for when you do something from your to-do list or add something pleasurable to the process, like listening to your favourite music while you are running.
Tip #2: Outsource Your Tasks
Take a look at your to-do list and be honest with yourself about the things only you can do and the things that someone else could easily learn and do (by themselves ideally). Most times people will think, “I can't hand any of this over”, but in actual fact, you could probably delegate about 90% of the list if you just let go.
What can you outsource? If you don't have expertise in a certain task and it consumes a lot of your time then you would be better off outsourcing that task to a skilled freelancer or a business. For example, handyman jobs, cleaning, plumbing, home renovations, home services, data entry, even admin tasks, these can all be done by someone else. So next time, feel free to outsource your tasks on platforms like Airtasker, freelancer or nextask
Tip #3: Leverage Technology
It's hard to argue that computers and smartphones have improved our productivity. You can even leverage productivity apps like Asana, Todoist and Evernote. These apps let you manage and track your tasks anywhere, anytime.
Tip #4: Simple Things First
Most people get stuck when they encounter a complex task. It's important to breakdown these complex tasks into simpler sub-tasks which are easy to accomplish. And don't forget to reward yourself each time you accomplish a subtask.
Tip #5: Pomodoro Technique
The idea behind this technique is that the timer instils a sense of urgency. Rather than feeling like you have endless time in the workday to get things done and then ultimately squandering those precious work hours on distractions, you know you only have 25 minutes to make as much progress on a task as possible.
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