It’s easy to start a new project, but it can be hard to finish it. Yet this is the essential part of it all, yet the hardest. The following techniques prove their effectiveness times and times again. We’ve been using them for quite a while now and we know many other producers and entrepreneurs use them too. If you have a hard time finishing your projects, read on and implement these. You’ll see results really fast!
1. Plan your day the night before
Write down a list of things you need to do in priority order. That list shouldn’t include more than the six most important tasks you want to accomplish during that day, no matter what. If you ever attempted to work with lists, you probably rarely completed a long list of tasks as most people tend to approach the easiest ones first. Set only six critical tasks that you want to accomplish that day and do those first before eventually doing some less important stuff.
2. Get important tasks done first
It’s scientifically proven, we only have so much will power during a regular day. Use it wisely. Check your to-do list and Start with the MIT, the Most Important Task. By doing it first, you’ll make sure to do it and not end up out of juice later in the day when you’ll want to post-pone because it will seem to hard to accomplish then.
3. Kill distractions
There are plenty of things that try to keep up from being completely focused. And not everyone is equal fighting some of their “demons.”
Social media, for instance, are one of the biggest time-wasters there is out there. By all means, limit time spent on social media set a Pomodoro timer or something to make sure you only browse for short given amount of time. Even better, don’t take your phone to the studio! By not seeing it, you won’t be tempted to “quickly look at it for just a sec.” You won’t be disturbed either by a phone call that might get you out of the zone.
Turn off Wifi or unplug the router
There are even some apps that won’t let you browse the internet for a particular time after you start it. There are literally countless websites that you’d like to have a quick look at…You may think about doing it. But if you realize you can’t, well, chances are that you’ll keep doing whatever it is you were doing. You know yourself better. If you can resist, you don’t need that much work. But if you’re easily tempted and distracted, make it more difficult for you to go around it. You won’t even bother trying if you know you have to go downstairs to turn on the router back on or restart the smartphone.
Notifications from your OS can take your mind away even for a sec until you dismiss it, turn them off as much as you can. You don’t need to know you received another email or that an app just got updated.
4. Rest, sleep and exercise
without proper rest, your body won’t be able to function to its full potential. Like your phone, you need to recharge. Activity frees endorphins in the body and makes us feel good. Whatever’s good for the body is good for the brain. You’ll be much more focused if you treat yourself well.
5. Break down big tasks
A big accomplishment is a combination of small achievements. If something seems unattainable, just break it down into smaller tasks and finish them one by one, you’ll get there.
6. Identify which time of the day suits works best for you
Everyone’s got a different rhythm, different times of the day when they’re more alert and efficient. There’s no right or wrong here. Whatever works for you is what you should be doing. Sometimes this can even change for a single person according to other factors. When days get longer, a lot of us tend to feel more energized as we see daylight earlier and earlier. Some of us need darkness, calm, and feel more at ease at night.
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