How to Get Shit Done

Photograph by Tala Parker

Photograph by Tala Parker

Step #1: Identify the problem

You gotta clean your house or write an essay? No problem, you got this. Figure out what the task is and any specifics concerning it.

Step #2: Sit down and make a go plan

Making a quick list that breaks down the problem and makes it manageable is one of the most important things you can do, especially when you are stressed out or dreading doing it. For example, if you need to clean your house, you might write dust in living room, spray and wipe surfaces, then vacuum after the dust/dirt as fallen to the floor. For an essay, you might write pull up sources and assignment prompt, set up heading, write “title” as a working title, think about how you might answer the prompt, jot down an outline, start with the intro. Most likely, you won’t even need to consult the list after starting the first few tasks because you’ll get wrapped up in doing it, but if you do need more prompting, the list will be there to guide you. Eventually, you’ll be able to make a mental list rather than a physical one.

Step #3: just do it. Right now

Stop procrastinating, cause you’re just going to be stressed about what it ever it is until you do it. And don’t “accidentally” fill up your day so you’re too busy to do it. Do not let things pile up, cause you’ll just be soo much more stressed. Just do it. Now.

Step #4: Tune everything out

Whether it means putting on a pair of noise canceling headphones, putting your iPhone on do not disturb, or locking the door, decrease the amount of distractions around you as much as possible.

Step #5: make it fun

We like doing things that we are passionate about, so try to incorporate those things into what ever you need to do. Writing an essay? Write about Indigenous issues. Cleaning your house? Put on a podcast about traveling you like.

Step #6: you’re a frickin boss, and you know it

You got this. Hell, you might even be enjoying yourself a little as you do this task you’ve been dreading. Remember this feeling for next time and the thing that helped you the most to get here. For me, it’s remembering that I just have to start, even if it’s just writing a sentence or two or just wiping down a table. Once I start, I always remember that I’m capable of not only finishing what ever I need to do, but also of enjoying the process too.

Good luck

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