As you can probably guess. I’m lazy. Like, really lazy.
I’m all about doing the least amount of work possible. Work once, get paid for life. Set and forget. You know the deal.
Unfortunately, being lazy means it’s hard to get work done (at least for me). Generally, it leads me to procrastinate. I put it off, then it never gets done. Maybe this sounds familiar to you?
Well, today that will all change. I’m going to teach you a simple productivity hack that will allow you work less, but ultimately, still get what you need to be done, done.
My “Super Ghetto” Productivity Hack
It’s not sexy and it damn sure ain’t high tech.
It’s grass roots, but it works.
It’s quite simple.
You know, the app that comes as standard on every phone, tablet, computer, pc, mac, you name it, it’s installed by default.
Now, you might be thinking, well, anyone can use Notepad to write a to-do list and you’d be right.
However, it’s how you structure your list and ultimately implement it that will allow you to be productive.
Notepad Productivity Hack 101
Here’s how to do it:
Each morning (or late afternoon, I don’t judge) you need to create your “to-do” list.
Like, as soon as you wake up.
The first thing I do when I wake up is grab a nice cup of tea (how British).
Then, I’ll listen to some music for about twenty minutes. You can replace this step with whatever works for you. Read a book, listen to a motivational speech on YouTube, meditate, do yoga, whatever. Just make sure it’s something you enjoy doing.
Then, pull up notepad.
Start by putting down all the things you want to accomplish that day, for now, this can be in any order. Jot them down as they come to mind.
Once you’ve outlined what you want to get done, identify the ones you least want to do.
These will be the ones you knock out first.
At the side of each task, you’ll also want to estimate how long you think it will take you to do.
Here’s an example:
1] Write 5 blog posts | 1 hour 30 minutes
2] Post and schedule blog posts + optimize | 30 minutes
– BREAK ONE – 45 Minutes
3] Manage, maintain and grow social media accounts | 45 minutes
– BREAK TWO – 1 Hour
4] Schedule email marketing broadcasts for the next day | 25 minutes
5] Generate some backlinks/traffic | 30 minutes
That’s what my work day today consisted of. Just less than four hours of “work” with a little over an hour for breaks.
The breaks are the most important part. Once you’ve completed your tasks, give yourself small rewards. I will generally pick up a nice snack to eat during one of my breaks each day. It gives you something to look forward to.
It’s also important to get the things you least want to do done first. This way they are out of the way. I’ve personally found that if I don’t get them done early in the day, they won’t get done at all.
You’ll also want to experiment with different working environments.
Do you work better in your home office? Starbucks?
Try them out until you identify the one that works best for you.
Personally, for some reason, I’ve found that I get the best work done sitting at the table in my kitchen.
Wierd I know.
And that’s how a lazy SOB like me gets his ish done 😉