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How to get more done?

Be patient

Be patient

Becoming more productive is not always and easy task. You can have big goals, but doing too much might cause a lot of stress or other unpleasant symptoms.

You can become more productive. Try to believe in yourself.

Eliminate useless tasks

Do you waste a lot of time?

It is completely normal to need some time to relax. Some relaxing things can be productive though. You could try to replace less productive relaxing things with more productive relaxing tasks.

For example, replace games with watching educational videos or try to learn an extra skill which you find relaxing. Creating a own site is also something where you could learn from.

Games can be useful if you are a game developer and/or seek inspiration, but they usually do more harm as good for the most people. You could seek info about the game instead of playing it if you don't want to waste too much time. There are debatable execeptions like educational games.

Do you get something back for your time?

Productive activities usually give you something back after a period of time. Something that you can see as an achievement. Learning something is a task which returns knowledge. Making a project might even return you donations.

It's all in the details

I have to admit that I usually also waste more time as I want to waste. Some things which you might not think about, might take a lot of time.

An example of something that can waste a lot of time is social media. Getting rid of social media might give you more time. Social media is addictive. It might be useful to gain knowledge if people answer your questions.

Does social media cause more harm to you or do you actually get useful returns out of it?

Do something every day

Do something every day

Try to do something every day. It does not have to be a huge task. I personally try to do a small git commit every day. I don't learn something from every git commit, but you improve something a tiny bit.

A lot of tiny bits make something big.

Exceptions

There are exceptions to this rule. You could get very sick. It is good to push yourself, but everyone has a limit. You might need a break when you get sick.

Focus on one task

Focus on one task

Many people work better when they focus on only one thing. Multitasking usually slows you down.

Exceptions

Multitasking is not always bad. Listening to music while doing something might actually increase your productivity depending on the task.

(Small tasks are sometimes multitaskable, bigger tasks usually aren't)