Do you ever wonder how to get things done when you do not feel like it? You sometimes have a long list of things you need to get done, but you are just overwhelmed and too busy to do all.
Or maybe the list is all in your head and a jumble but knowing that you have stuff that needs sorting out is just stressing you out?
I’ve been there! You are me and I am you! And today I will share with you my tips and hacks for overcoming the feeling I just described and getting things done.
I have been asked by a lot of people especially women, “Ronke, how do you get so much done? How do you juggle so many balls and still get a lot of things done? Tell us how you do it”
And yes, I am juggling a lot of balls because I’m a mom (that’s a whole job already), I work a full-time Monday to Friday job, and in addition to that, I have The Bulletproof Life Coaching program, a YouTube channel, this blog, and my social media pages where I share a lot of information, advice and support to people about Personal finance.
On top of all these, a few months ago, my husband and I launched our SaaS platform Firacard, which is a group greeting card platform where you can send greeting cards to anyone, anywhere in the world and we are presently running a crowdfunding campaign as well!
These are the balls I have been juggling, and I have been doing a pretty good job keeping on top of them.
So, let’s get right into my top ten tricks and hacks for living a busy but fulfilled life.
WALK AWAY FROM THE FEAR
The first thing you need to do is to walk away from the fear. You need to rise about the fear of getting it wrong, failing, the fear of mistakes and the fear of other people’s opinions. One of the major reasons why we procrastinate is fear – we are afraid and the moment you let fear set in, you will push the task away.
The fear of “I won’t get it right; it will take time. If do it now, I won’t have money to do the other one. What if I do it and it doesn’t work? People will laugh at me. I don’t have the right support system etc”. Fears, excuses, and doubts! You must teach yourself to rise above it.
When I started my YouTube channel, I intentionally didn’t talk to anybody about it because I didn’t want fear or doubt to creep in and make me procrastinate. The moment I decided that YouTube was the perfect way to reach everyone out there with my knowledge, I just sat down on a chair in a room in my house, placed my phone on an ironing board supported by some books and made my first video.
So, you need to kill procrastination by rising above your doubts and fears; they are small and niggling but big enough to keep you from acting – so push them aside and act.
An older cousin once said to me: think of the worst-case scenario, then set it aside and get to work.
The good thing is that worst-case scenarios rarely come true.
2. HAVE A DAILY TO-DO LIST
This is a simple one, but it works like magic. Because of how much I believe in to-do lists; I’ve created a to-do list book that you can buy on Amazon. It is useful and can help you achieve many things.
There is a video on my YouTube channel teaching you how to write an effective to-do list and maximise it for the things you need to get done.
I use a to-do list every single day. where I write down the things I’m prioritizing for that day and I don’t stand up until I action them.
3. MAKE PLANS
You need to plan. I plan and hand it over to God because there are times you plan, and things don’t go as planned. We can’t control everything but there must be a plan.
If you want to achieve more, you need to plan more. If you want to juggle a lot of balls, you need to plan how those balls are going to fit into your schedule. You need to put things into a plan weekly. The way to plan your week again is to use a to-do list. Then you can break those plans into actions.
Something that helps me with planning is diaries; I regularly review my diary and reassess the things that need to be done in the week. If my child has a school activity that requires her to wear a costume or a party that she needs to attend, it’s going into my diary.
I ensure to include the date, time, and location of the party. I set an alarm to go off an hour before the party to help me perform actions that need doing before the party like feeding the party attendee and getting her ready.
You can use a phone diary and synchronize it with your email for convenience; this way you also get reminders and alarms.
4. OUTSOURCE AND DELEGATE
You need to learn how to outsource and delegate. Many of us, especially women prefer to do things ourselves because we doubt the competence of others. But if you don’t let ‘them’ do it, they will never learn how to do it, and this applies to everyone including children. For example, I delegate to my children the act of loading the washing machine. I allow them to water the plants also. You must learn how to outsource too.
This also means that if you live in a locality where you can afford to get a cleaner, get one. Don’t allow anyone to guilt you into the idea that you should never use a cleaner. It’s ok to use one if you can afford it. This frees up your cleaning time for other productive activities.
Learn to ask for help. Involve your immediate family in activities that need to get done. If you have grandparents that are local to you, invite them to support you in ways that will reduce the burden on you.
Ordering your groceries online is also a form of delegation. Automating your bills is also a great way to reduce your workload.
5. ABANDON PERFECTIONISM
You cannot juggle a lot of balls and expect perfectionism. This is something I learned when I had children. I had to let go of perfectionism and learn to just get things started, do them to the best of my ability and move on.
What happened to me in the past with perfectionism is that because I want to do it perfectly, I don’t do it at all.
A lot of people don’t start things at all because they need to get all the pieces in place before making a move, they believe there’s no point starting at all if it’s not going to be perfect. But that mindset needs to be abandoned.
What this means is that a lot of things don’t get done at all. When you wait for perfectionism, you are depriving the world of the excellence in you – nobody is perfect at anything on the first day. Start with what you have where you are right now.
6. MULTITASKING IS A MYTH
Yes, I said it! Multitasking is a myth. Nobody multitasks. We all do one thing after the other. So, you need to forget the idea of multitasking and dedicate yourself to doing things one after the other.
This again validates the use of a to-do list. On a to-do list, your actions are timed and numbered.
Calling your mom and loading the washing machine simultaneously can land your phone in a bowl of water. When you multitask, you are more likely to end up with a lot of half-completed actions and that can leave you demoralised and disappointed.
7. CREATE PROCESSES TO HELP YOU ACT ON AUTOPILOT
You need to put processes in place to enable autopilot actions. This means that if you don’t have to think about something, it’s easier to get it done. In the same way, you don’t plan to take your bath or to breathe, some actions should be on autopilot.
For instance, you can decide that after school runs on Wednesdays are for dark wash laundry while Saturdays are for washing white laundry.
Continuously doing these registers in your subconscious and becomes a routine. Putting processes in place allows you to do things on autopilot.
8. TIME THIEVES
Social media must be at the top of my list of time leaks and time thieves. Time thieves are the things that steal your time. Instead of getting things done, you want to scroll through Instagram very quickly but end up spending hours laughing and commenting, then you move over to Facebook and then Twitter. For some, it is WhatsApp groups; that’s where they spend hours on end.
These things will prevent you from achieving actual activities that you have put on your to-do list. I have muted all notifications on my social media platforms. This helps me reduce the amount of time I spend on social media.
If you want to discuss your time leaks with me a lot more and ways you can control them, you can reach out to me via email. I have one on one sessions with people to discuss areas of their lives where they want me to support them or help them do more.
9. MAXIMIZE YOUR ENERGY
You need to be aware that you have a finite amount of energy. Your energy is not limitless. You’re not an energy bunny. The older you grow, the less energy you have. You must learn to manage and maximize your energy to get the best out of you.
Stop wasting your energy on frivolities. Fighting on Facebook or in Instagram comment sections are energy-draining activities and simply not worth it.
Getting involved in every drama uses up your energy. Not every conversation is your business. Save your energy and walk away when necessary. Be aware of your energy levels and respect them.
10. MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS
If you’re in a bad mood, or you’re sad or angry, it’s harder to get anything done. You need to manage your emotions. If you’re sad because someone said something nasty to you, your energy levels are likely to drop.
So, learn to control how much you allow people to get to you emotionally. If someone has said something inappropriate to you, you need to be aware that it’s not your fault and it’s on them.
You need to de-escalate your emotions from it. This will help you achieve more with your time and your energy. Remember it’s hard to be productive when you’re sad or angry or upset.
And now you have my top 10 tips and hacks for living a productive life.
I hope they will help you to be more productive, get more things done and achieve all that you desire and hope for.
I love making these blog posts and I can’t wait to share with you the next big thing on my mind.
You have a Bulletproof day