PRODUCTIVITY: personal practices to have a successful day | DASH BARKSDALE | Skillshare

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PRODUCTIVITY: personal practices to have a successful day


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Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the amount of things you have to do the point where you cannot and will not take action to do anything?

I have felt this way for years!

In this class I will teach you a few tips I have learned that have helped me to tackle my ToDo list by breaking it down and taking it one step at a time as well as working on my physical self as well as my physical environment. 

I hope you are able to take some tips and apply them to your life (:


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1. ASK YOURSELF WHY AND TAKE ACTION: Hi, guys. My name is Dash, so I'm really into anything that kind of help she get more work done. Be more productive. Clear your mind. Clear your space. So that way you can focus. So this class, that's exactly what you know how to do. Take a step back. Ask myself why, Honestly, Why? Because in order to want to move forward, you have to know why you want to move forward. You have to have a driving force pushing you to move forward. So I first always asked myself. Okay. Why? I wanted to get this done. Why do I need to get this done within this allotted amount of time? How is this gonna benefit my life? How is this gonna take me onto the next step? That next journey that I need to move to always ask myself why. First, it's important to get to be in touch with your values when taking actions towards your goals. These will keep you motivated in touch with your Why So? Like I said, it will be the driving force behind you. Doing exactly what it is is that you need to do at that certain. A lot of time me, I want them just a few things. I wanted to be able to study with a clear space and find everything with ease projects. I wanted to be able to stay focused on one project and not 5 to 10 to 20 different projects that I know I am supposed to be working on. But that's when your time management and budgeting your time comes into play. The first thing that I do is make sure that I'm okay. Like if I'm not good, my teeth to be brushed my face up to it has to be washed. I like to start my morning out with my books in the mornings. So the first thing that I do is make sure I just refresh myself just starting my day off, right, getting myself into a position where I know I need to get work done. And I know a lot of people that work from home. They say that it kind of creates this mindset when the first thing you do, even if you work at home, when the first thing you do is wake up and get ready for the date, like get ready as if you were about to walk right out the house. Don't just keep on pajamas because you work at home because that's going to trick your mind and to you. Okay, you're still in play mode. You're still in rest mode. If you actually get fully ready, completely ready shoes and everything, just toe. Go to your office or just toe. Go to your desk or work on your bed. You'll kind of like half that. Feel that mindset of Okay, I'm ready to be productive. I'm ready to get work done because I am in my work attire because I shower this morning because I did this. I did that. So you kind of create, like, this mental or this mental energy this this mental mo mentum that will thrust you into working, being productive. I also feel that when you have yourself together, it motivates you to take action and do more throughout your day. So that is my step one and why I think it is so important to have yourself together first before you're able to do anything else and start on any kind of work 2. CLEAR SPACES: I'm sure all of you have heard this millions of times. The concept of cleaning your space toe also clear mental space is true for me. So that's why I also have to start out with a clear space before I do anything. I'll even take like, 20 to 30 minutes in the morning to just clean and clear my desk or whatever before I sit down to edit or shoot or do ever. And then obviously you find things faster. If you have, like 20 pins scattered in 10 different spots in your room, are you really gonna be able to find that one Orangemen that you're looking for? No. So that's why grouping your things in light categories has helped me. Keeping everything in its place has helped me not only to find things faster but also bring awareness to. I also took a poll from a lot of my friends and just some of my peers on how they feel when they work in a messy space. Ah, lot of them told me they felt an organized clutter that they couldn't focus, gotta rein unprepared behind and then literally will lost. My favorite one was the loss because that is exactly how I feel when my space is not clean . I feel lost and I don't feel like myself. 3. PLAN AND MANAGE YOUR TASKS: one step that I like to take to reset to get work done is when I'm overwhelmed with too many tasks. I get two lists. So this is gonna be a list of the things that I know. I want to get done today. Realistically, sometimes I have a habit of giving myself unrealistic time expectations for things. So I like to write down like the actual physical tests that I need to do. And I'll put a time next to them typically, how long it will take. And then right here. All right. My daily, like, from morning to evening tonight or after work like this will be like my time schedule. This is mostly if I know I have a lot to do that I need to get done to stay focused and on track, so I'll just do kind of like a trial of what I'm talking about. So, for instance, um, I guess on a typical off day I would for FC. I've been working autopsy videos on my YouTube channel. So tipsy, um, research the products which typically takes, like, 30 to 40 minutes. I'm gonna put 40 minutes. Um, I like Teoh FC. Create them now, which, depending on how nice I wanted to be 20 to 30 minutes, so I like to put 30 minutes to give myself extra cushion. Um, I also today eat breakfast and then almost gonna do lunch. Dan, Uh, 246 maybe an hour total. Um, what else? Read the chapter for my book review. And typically, it'll take me like, 30 to 40 minutes. I do 40 minutes. But then also in reading that chapter, I need Teoh put notes in my eye notes for the chapter that I'm reading so I could do the book review. So how do I notes? Chapter? This is the ugliest handwriting, and that really takes me 30 minutes. Um, but today I also edited. I did it for, like, two hours today. So add an editing, two errors or I'll put 100 and 20 minutes. So I know like the physical minutes to play with as well. So I have six tasks planned for today or planned for this demo day. And then so from here, I'll take this and I'll convert it over here 4. TIME BUDGETING (LIVE) BY HAND: And so from here, I'll take this and I'll converted over here. So if I wake up at eight in the morning, I'll write the date. What is it? March. I don't know what it is. It's March 25th I think so. Put March 26 line and then So I'll put over here like Gaby. And it will be like morning routine breakfast gizmo party. So morning routine, typically like my shower and stuff will take, like 40 minutes. And then breakfast will take like MM, like 20 minutes gives my party. You'll take, like, 10 minutes. So that's 8 10 I mean, sorry. Excuse me. 9 10 I am and inside by nine. My showers already and breakfast is in. I want to read next, so I'm going to do read the chapter and then plus my notes for book review. And then I said reading the chapter takes about 40 minutes. I know it's his 30 minutes, so from there it's 9 50 plus. 30 minutes would be 10 20. But so far I have, um, morning routine. Breakfast is enough to off the right morning retail here, but reading a chapter will being offed off And then I was chapter where we knocked off. And then after read the chapter, I'll probably maybe do some research research the products, which I said would take 40 minutes. So to be around 11 a.m. After that, Well, I think I got in a nap today. I think I actually had lunch early, so I'm just gonna go ahead and put watch. That's 20 minutes. And then I got a nap in which was not documented. So there's 12 PM right there and then maybe wake up, do something that's nice to do whenever I wake up, which I can still do in bed, which is create the thumbnail, which typically would take 30 minutes straight for my nap. 12 30. No, we're close to dinner. Would still a lot of time left and then so at it. Two hours. 12 31 32 30 5. TIME BUDGETING BY HAND (LIVE) CONT'D.: and then So from here I can see 1/2 from 2 30 to about Like what? I have dinner like eight or nine. Put 8 p.m. I have all of this extra free time to play with in case there was something else I wanted to do. I him fill it with whatever time activities that I want to fill it with. Like today. I ended up working on an entire skill share outline, and I didn't have that planned. So I did that and I completed that. And I think that took me two hours. So eight, 76 There's six free hours right here, and I like to write it out like this so I can see what time I have to play with where I have time to move stuff to stuff like that, just to see if it's realist me to actually do the thing for me. A lot of that amount of time that have scheduled for myself, so giving myself realistic time expectations helps me see that I can actually get this stuff done. So, like same thing. If I were to start it like nine, just move everything in our back or if I started at 10 or 11 just move everything an hour back. I would have less free time before you know the sun goes down and I go to sleep. But at least right here my entire day is on one page and I can see it in my absolute is to go through. Sometimes my days aren't perfect. I am not a perfect human being. But if I end up, say editing first, all mark that off first and then if I end up, I don't know having dinner first that we have to go back up there and have breakfast or vice versa. Like, say, I read the chapter already. Okay, I still need Teoh. Do the I nodes research I got in my morning routine. I did that like just seeing everything marked off throughout the day Gives my eyes like happiness and peace. Absolutely love to mark things off of the list. It gives me a sense of accomplishment. I feel like I'm getting a lot done and I see what time I have to play with so creating list creating to do lists. Help me to stay on task 6. ONE STEP AT A TIME: Okay, so I talked about refreshing yourself in order to hit reset, clear mind to get work done. I've also talked about refreshing your physical space in order to refresh your mental space , to clear your mind, to get work done. The final tip I do is to make lists and budget my times. I get a little nerdy with it, so I apologize. But it does help me when I sit down and I write out all the tests that I want to do for the day, everything that I need to get done. I write down a list of all the tasks, but I don't just write down the tasks I a lot how much, or how many minutes each task will take. So, for example, in shooting a typical video, so say, like one of my FC's videos, I have to research the products that would take about 30 minutes. I have to shoot the video that takes about 60 minutes because it takes time to set up and then also shoot, looking at my notes and then editing time, which I break up into, like, three or four different days. So that way, it's not like one day, seven hours ending. Upload done? No. So I usually I break it up a little bit. Thumbnail would take about 2030 minutes. Description box would take about 2030 minutes. So if I do have five hours to work with that day to just work on YouTube, that I'll do at least an hour here editing our there of editing and then 30 minutes their thumbnail 30 minutes there don't know. And I kind of like, break it up and I divide and I chunk and see which time I have to work with. 7. EATING EACH PART IN HEALTHY AMOUNTS: I have five hours to work with which I translated to 300 minutes from 3 to 8 p.m. And then how much time I would have left after each task is completed and in order to kind of break it down a little more, I do, like, divide it to divide it in tow. The reading. Shorter to do lists that have at least the really 2 to 3 different tests on them. So that way I do feel more accomplished and I'm not getting overwhelmed or answer your anxious so I'll do at least one. Take its him in a break, do another one. Take a 10 minute break into another one and because I had a total of 300 minutes to work with each to do list. Contains task that take about 100 minutes, including my break. And so that's really helped me and feeling like I'm getting a lot more done because just looking at this one to do list, seeing that this one to do this is going to take me five hours, I look at it, do two things, and then I'm just overwhelmed that I go do other things. I get consumed with doing other things. So in order for me to sit down and complete this one to do is keep this kind of like, as my master, to do list to the side. I have faced three aligned with this one first, and I just go through them in order. I do. This one first takes about 100 minutes at two minutes left over. Take a break. Dining Just do the same thing with this one and the same thing with this one, and it helps me stay focused. It helps me stay on task because I know. OK, this is the time that I know I only have to work with. I don't know when I'm gonna get that other time ever again, you know? And so it helps me to just stay focused, Especially if I start with asking myself the why Why am I doing this? And then taking breaks are refreshing to kind of reset your mind to Teoh. Keep back at it, cause with me, I'm like, I just want to take a break to eat and drink something. But I really, really, really want to get back to work, so it helps me to kind of, like, just break away for a minute, take a breath, and then dive right back in and finish. And so those are all the tips I have so far, I do have a 1,000,000 more. People are always asking me how I stay organized. How is they focused? How I get some things done. This is just like a baby lesson plan of it. This is like my first little lesson class. But I do plan on doing more because one that I did not incorporate is surrounding yourself with positive affirmations. Because a lot of my a lot of the quotes in my room have things that are, like, creates get work done. And this is my happy place to believe things like that that actually inspire me to take action just by looking at the words. So I hope you enjoy this and I will see you on the next class. 8. CLASS PROJECT: Okay, so this is my class project video for how to hit, reset and clear your mind to get work done. So when I was talking about my step number two and clearing your space, the project that I want you to do is I'm sure you guys have a dirty area of dirty room or whatever. Just pick any area that is messy. Write how you feel right now in its state of messiness. Clean it up and then write how you feel right afterwards. If it's a good feeling, great, pick another section your room. Clean it right how you feel. If it's not a good feeling, then you're probably just comfortable living in your filth. And that's OK, because some people do thrive in chaos and mess. Not it doesn't have to be. Juncker felt the old, moldy food, but some people thrive and just organized chaos, and that's okay. But then use to find what environment best works for you to where you can work in and driving and be more productive and focused. So that's just one project that I noticed helped to me, because after I do clean after, I just simply make my debt in my bed or if I do clean a little area of my room. I feel kind of like, refreshed and energised and ready to take on the next task. So that's the product I look forward to seeing which has come up with.