My productivity hack to simply get stuff done

I know, I’m probably not the first one to think of this – but I just have to share it. Ever since I came up with this hack, I’ve actually been way more productive! So, this is how my journey of to-do lists looks like: Wunderlist Spreadsheet in Google Drive Wunderlist Physical note book Note book…

I know, I’m probably not the first one to think of this – but I just have to share it. Ever since I came up with this hack, I’ve actually been way more productive!

So, this is how my journey of to-do lists looks like:

  • Wunderlist
  • Spreadsheet in Google Drive
  • Wunderlist
  • Physical note book
  • Note book (on my Mac)
  • Wunderlist
  • Dropbox Paper

So, as you can see – I’m currently using Dropbox Paper as to-do list (along with Asana for company-wide tasks). But I’m still struggling. This is usually my reaction (a defense mechanism my body does) when I’m looking at my todo-list:

So, what is this magical “hack” I’ve developed to fix this?

*Drumroll*

Simply estimate the time it probably will take to complete the task and write it in the beginning of the task!

I mean, look at (a small part of) my current to-do list:

  • Complete tax return papers
  • Write article about productivity (ooh, inception!)
  • Complete accounting for last week
  • Write employment contract for our new employee
  • Revise balance, cashflow and financial budget.

Makes your body faint out of defense, right?

Now, look at the same to-do list – but with time estimates!

  • 20 min: Complete tax return papers
  • 20 min: Write article about productivity
  • 60 min: Complete accounting for last week
  • 20 min: Write employment contract for our new employee
  • 60 min: Revise balance, cashflow and financial budget.

Very wow! Much hack! Such time!

This has, for some reason, helped me a lot! I mean, look at the to-do list above. Everything could be completed in only 3 hours!

Execute!