Whether it’s school, work, or hey something you actually want to do that involves some personal one-on-one attention of the “I have to sit down and tend to this” type, everyone out there has something they have to get done. But sometimes, we can struggle getting things done. It’s a common, common problem and one I know very, very well. Distractions. Stress. It all stands in the way between us and finishing what needs to get done.
Luckily I have become such a master of getting things done I will offer a simple list of things you should do in order to get all your tasks squared away.
So to start: you have something that needs to be taken care of. Let’s call it X. Whatever X it is that needs to tended to (innocent or illicit) is up to you.
1. Set up or get all your materials needed. If on a laptop or doing anything that requires sitting and working at a desk or bench, set up what you need to do and exit and or remove other distractions and clutter. Free your space to be able to work.
2. Some people really need music in order to function well or need background noise. “I really wanted to see that movie anyway,” or “I’ll put this show on I seen it so I don’t need to pay attention”. Play loud big band, Norwegian folk, Chopin or vocaloid music. Sounds of a rolling river, a train station full of footsteps, wind chimes. Swedish metal. The Ring. Whatever relaxes or energizes you to get X done. Marathon it.
3. If you have a dog, let the dog out, because he’s been looking at you. If you happen to not have a dog it’s probably your cat that needs some attention. If you don’t have a cat then it’s probably your significant other. In the case of one having all of the above or children and the latter are not the focus of your task at hand; let all of them out. If you have neither of the above you probably have a lizard so feed them a cricket. The little scamp.
4. Return to X. You should be able to start to work now. But you’ll probably be thirsty. It’s incredibly important to the process of getting things done that you then go to the kitchen to get yourself a glass of water, preferably with really crunchy ice-cubes. Lemon can spice things up. But while you’re there you remember the tickle in your throat and its pretty chilly outside. If this happens to you it is paramount to the task at hand to then go put on a kettle for tea or make a cup of coffee.
5. Slosh water on floor. Your dog, cat, significant other or child will be calling to come back inside by now or your cat and or significant other or child was not let out it will be back to see what you are up to, more than often they will have thought you were going to open some form of food. Wipe up water, this is key to your process. Then let your dog, cat, significant other or child back inside or acknowledge their current presence.
6. You now have your ice water, but you do need a snack in order to get stuff done. So go get your snack. If you end up cooking for like, five hours that’s perfectly fine.
7. Return to X with food, your ice water and get stuff done. It should come effortlessly. Research everything from mythology to color theory depending on X’s needs if on a laptop. Have over 50 tabs open. Your tea or coffee is ready. Go get tea or coffee.
8. Burn yourself. Return and work on X. Emotional scene in film or TV show makes you cry for a few hours. Return to X. It is 11 pm revel in your tenacity.
9. Your dog, cat, significant other and or child is a bit neglected. For goodness sake attend to them.
10. It’s 10 hours later. Finish. In tears.
Yay you’re done!
See you next week!
Staff Writer/The Doctor