Actually getting things done can be quite a challenge. It can be hard to start that new project you’ve been wanting to start for the longes time. Luckily there are some tips and tricks to help you getting things done and finally start that thing you want to do. Aside from the obvious there is this interesting trick you can try that hardly anyone talks about.

Make lists

The basic low level thing you can do is to make lists. Simply write down all the stuff you want to do. Keep in mind that you actually break it down into easy and short tasks. In order to succeed you must motivate yourself to finish the tasks. So instead of writing down ‘clean the house’ as an example, break it down into segments like ‘clean the kitchen’ ‘do the laundry’ and ‘do de dishes’. By doing it this way you finish the tasks more frequently which makes you feel better and more productive overall.

I often joke about writing ‘make a list’ as the first task of the list, followed by ‘finish the first task’. Now you have a head start!

Task managers

A great way to automate lists is to use a task manager. If you’re like me you make lots of different lists for all sorts of projects or things I need to take care of. Some are recurring tasks you only have to take care of every 3 month’s. If that’s the case you don’t want to be actively keep track of it all. You don’t want to be bothered by tasks you can’t work on or don’t need to spent energy on at that very moment.

My solution is Todoist. (but there are a lot of other task managers that might work better for you) Todoist allows me to create my list and tag them with keywords. This way I can use filters to see only the relevant items I can work on.

When working in the office I only need to see the tasks I can complete in the office. I don’t want to see the things that I need to do at home, or in the city. This way you can spent your mental capacity on the things that matter at the time.

Talking things into action

This is my secret. If you want to finaly realize the project you’ve been wanting to do for the longest time you should talk about it with other people. This way you crystallize the ‘thing you want to do’ into an actionable item. Others will also ask questions thus compelling you to actually start. You don’t want to tell them that you still haven’t started yet.

In the video I go more in depth with examples of instances when I used this technique, so be sure to check that one out.

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