5 Powerful Tips to Help You Tackle a Big Project Head On!
It seems everyone I talk to strives to be more productive. People want to cram as many projects, phone calls, meetings, what have you - into their day as possible. Alas, there are only 24 hours in a day and sometimes, well, duty calls in other areas of your life.
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So what should you do if you are faced with a big project along with other work/life demands?
Take productivity to the next level. Go extreme.
Here are five ways to develop extreme productivity.
1. Announce your plan.
Don't be quiet about what you intend to do. Tell everyone your plan - coworkers, family members, friends - even clients.
Send a quick email a day or two before explaining you will be tied up on a certain day and will respond to calls, emails, etc. first thing the following week.
The benefit from all this?
Peer pressure. Everyone will know what you intend to accomplish - and they'll know if you don't succeed. Use this as motivation.
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2. Set a schedule.
Don't loosely decide that you will work as long as you can. Set a concrete schedule. Commit to working 12 hours or whatever period of time you choose. Then the longer the time frame, the quicker the early hours seem to go by. Something about knowing you'll be working for a long time allows you to stop checking the clock. When you know you're in for a long haul your mind automatically adapts.
3. Resist early temptation.
Some people like to listen to music while they work, others keep an eye on news. If you like to "treat" yourself when you're working, don't at least in the early hours. When your motivation starts to flag that's when a little music can provide a needed boost. Whatever typically carries you through your workday, hold off on it for awhile. Delayed gratification is always better gratification.
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4. Make sure breaks are productive too.
Everyone needs a break - so take one. But remember, momentum is everything. Don't take a walk, or watch a little TV, or goof around on the Internet. Breaks should reinforce your sense of activity and accomplishment. Pick a few productive tasks you like to perform -- and gain a sense of accomplishment when you complete -- and use those for your breaks.
5. Don't stop short.
Stopping short is habit-forming. If you stop early this time what will keep you from stopping next time? Go that extra mile - even if finishing takes longer than expected - to get the job done.
Keep in mind that not every day can be an extreme productivity day. Use them sporadically to ensure those bigger projects get done.