How To Get Things Done: Finish Your Tasks & Projects Easier

Updated on June 5, 2022 by Team ShineSheets

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We people are lazy. And honestly, I understand why! We have so much on our plates already.

It’s hard to find time or energy to do anything extra on top. That’s how most of us are and I guess it’s just a part of our human nature. Just remember your college years and how we used to postpone doing assignments to the very last minute or abandon them altogether. Unlike us, today’s students have all the tools to help them out. They can quickly search “write my essay” online and easily hire a professional paper writing service (or any other paper) to enjoy the freedom.

But that won’t necessarily teach how to get things done on your own.

Being a lazy gal and putting things off felt like a normal thing to me, for most of my life. I used to come up with amazing ideas and projects that would drive me crazy (in a good way!), yet their size or the amount of work always pushed me away. The list of unfinished projects was growing with my age and it helped things like depression and low confidence to creep into my life.

However, I don’t want this to be a sad reading! Years have passed, I have so much more experience now and I’m happy to say that I finally found out how to get things done, without going crazy. It doesn’t change the fact that you have to work for what you want… But it makes things easy enough to keep going instead of abandoning them again and again.

So here are my steps to success!


How To Get Things Done: Finish Your Tasks & Projects Easier


1. Admit & Forgive


If you’ve been hiding from the fact that you still haven’t finished that business project or bathroom remodeling – admit it. Do not shy away.

Accept that you’ve been lazy, been struggling to get things done, and try to find some compassion for yourself.

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It’s not like you abandoned your goals because you like to be drowning in your own guilt talk… You put IT off because SOMETHING was off. Maybe you didn’t have time. Maybe the budget was a little tight. Or you haven’t been feeling well (physically or mentally – both are legit reasons). That’s ok! It’s not the end of the world. You’re going to change from now on, you will learn how to get things done, so stop punishing yourself with bad thoughts or criticism right now.


2. Find a REASON To Get Things Done


If you can’t find an important reason WHY you want to get things done then, well, you probably won’t.

It’s time to create a list of all the reasons why finishing your tasks or projects would be great. Often, If I can’t find any plausible reason to do something boring or unpleasant, I do it for the sake of comfort. It’s hard to relax and live a happy life when something is constantly buzzing in the background.


3. To REALLY Get Things Done… Start With a Plan!


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Planning is the step you really don’t want to miss if you want to get things done… To tackle a task of any size, I really recommend writing a project management plan. I’ve written a helpful guide on how to do that right here.

Again, this is something you really don’t want to skip! A simple plan can help you get started, keep going, and finish a project or task of any size. Without it, you may feel lost, totally unmotivated, and burdened by the size of your tasks (which is only intimidating until you break it down to a few smaller steps).


4. How To Get Things Done If It Just Seems Too Hard?.. Get Help!


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Sometimes we take too much on our shoulders, even though there is absolutely no reason to do everything alone. Too much work weight on one person is a straight way to burnout so if you do find yourself getting tired or late with your deadlines, look for a helping hand.

If there is no one around to help you, you can always find help online. There are many websites that offer an amazing range of services for irresistibly small fees. One example (and one of my favorites) is Fiverr – a place where freelancers from different fields offer their services starting from 5$ (I mean, that’s incredibly cheap). I use Fiverr both for my business and personal tasks and it’s amazing! You can find a professional for literally anything. There are people who will develop a business plan for you, work as a translator or your virtual assistant, be your digital marketers or personal graphic designers, data writers… The list goes on!

All prices start at 5$ and you usually get A LOT for that. So save your time & energy – delegate! Check out Fiverr here


5. Enjoy Gratification


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This one is incredibly important. Since you’ve already decided to get things done, try your best to enjoy it.

The easiest way to do that is to celebrate every small thing you’ve done. Of course, you can stay angry about the fact that you have to do it at all (“darn, I could be watching Netflix right now” – me, all the time). But constant negative self-talk will only slow down your progress.

If you find it hard to conquer negative thinking or have a tendency to overthink things, I recommend journaling activities to start feeling better. Better mental health = more energy to do anything.

Also read: How to beat negative thoughts and restart yourself


6. Keep Going!


It’s really possible that you’ll encounter some step backs, especially if your goals are big and long-term.

But just remember that nobody is perfect and many people have quit their projects and dreams even before the first step. If you want to get things done, you might as well need some self-discipline, and I have a great guide on that here.

I hope these tips have shown you how to get things done without going crazy… Now make it last – take these tips and write down that PLAN! 😉

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