How to Get Massive Loads of Work Done Every Day – College Info Geek


To use the technical term, this video is about
how to get a butt load of work done. Now, the definition of a standard butt load has
been in dispute for years but regardless, if you’re watching this video you probably
feel like you have that resting on your shoulders. As somebody who went from being an overly
involved college student straight into being an overly ideal laden, content creator, entrepreneur,
whatever you want to call me; I feel like I always have a lot of work resting on my
shoulders, and I tend to get a lot of it done. Which leads to the question I get emailed
often, how do you get so much work done? Well, let’s move back a little bit first into
this perception of how much work we have to do. When people ask us how we’re doing what’s
the answer we usually give them? That’s right, it’s usually just I’m so busy. The word busy
is just so commonly uttered from our mouths, and I want to challenge you on his assumption.
What does busy really mean? Now for all the crap he gets, Thomas Edison actually said
something pretty smart on this subject and I’m going to read it off my phone real quick
because I didn’t memorize it, “Being busy does not mean real work, the object of all
work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought,
system, planning, intelligence and honest purpose, as well as perspiration; seeming
to do is not doing.” Now that’s something you should really take
to heart. How much of your time is seeming to do and how much of it is actually spent
doing and getting real things accomplished; producing real work of real value? For the
past few months it seems like I’ve actually been able to produce a lot more work than
I used to in the past. If I look through the archives on my blog it seems like for a couple
years I was only putting out maybe five things a month at most. Now, I’m creating videos
almost every week, I’m doing my podcast every week, blog posts, episodes of Listen Money
Matters; another podcast I’m a part of, and I wrote a book in a few months which just
came out a couple of weeks ago. How was I able to increase this output and
go from just being busy all the time and feeling sorry for myself about how much work I had
on my shoulders to actually getting things done? Well to be honest, I could attribute
this to a lot of factors. Motivation, habits, planning, time management, task management,
efficiency, delegation, hiring people. There’s all sorts of things that go into getting work
done on top of just the simple discipline of sitting down and working. I could devote
videos to every single one of these topics, and many of them will get videos in the future,
but the topic I want to focus on in this video is the act of planning. Specifically daily
planning. What we want to get away from here is this
feeling of being busy and not actually getting a whole lot done. Not really focusing on any
specific task you have to do. You’re probably familiar with some of the common cases where
this happens. You’re in the library, you’ve got all your material out in front of you,
but you don’t really know which thing you should study so now you’re on Facebook.
Daily planning alleviates this problem because if you do it right you know exactly what you
should be doing at any given time. For instance, my morning routine is a form of a daily plan.
The moment I wake up in the morning I know exactly what I need to do. I need to come
to my apartment, I need to turn off my wake up alarm that I talked about in another video,
and then I need to immediately meditate, go into my seven minute workout, go for a walk,
make breakfast, read books etc. I know exactly what I need to do and as a result I do it.
Morning routines are incredibly important, but I want to talk about the actual daily
plan that encompasses your specific tasks that you need to get done. Whenever I get
a new task that needs to be done, at some point in time it goes straight into To Do
List. To Do List is the to do app of choice that I use. There are a lot others out there,
but it’s the first point of contact for any task I have. It is not the only place where
tasks end up living in my system. On Sundays I create a weekly plan in a paper
notebook; really simple, and write down exactly what I want to accomplish that week. Then
when I wake up in the morning and go through my morning routine I have a habit which is
to simply create a daily plan. On that whiteboard right over there I write my daily plan every
single morning, and I put the day of the week at the top and then I write down the six to
seven, maybe eight if I’m feeling really productive that day, things that I need to get done.
I don’t stop there though. I try to estimate when each task should be done by. I’ll put
a dash and then I’ll put the time. When I’m estimating these times I try to take into
account a fudge ratio. This is a concept I wrote about in my book and basically it’s
taking the time I estimate to get things done, and applying a little bit of a buffer to it
because we are very bad at planning for things that go wrong or very bad at planning for
inefficiencies, and we tend to take the best case scenario as a guess for when we estimate
times. Now that I have this daily plan, I have a
list of tasks in the order that I need to do them. I have an estimate for the time that
each one should be done, and now I know at any given time what I should be doing. Once
I’m done with my morning routine I jump right into the first one and try as best as I can
to get it done by the time I estimated. Seeing it right on the board next to me reminds me
that, that’s what I should be working on. I don’t let myself get distracted by other
things. It’s not to say that I’m absolutely perfect
about getting the list done every day, but combined with other productivity techniques
that I apply to my life like habit tracking, and commitment devices, and the Pomodoro technique,
and things like that; it’s actually really effective. My output has gone from here to
here. I’m not exactly sure what those are, but there’s a gap.
The lesson is clear here. If you want to get a lot of things done you need to plan your
day out in advance and then stick to that plan. Doing so will let you know what to focus
on, on any given moment and you’ll spend a lot less time feeling busy, but not getting
much work done. Thanks for watching this video, and I will
see you in the next one. Well hello there and thanks for watching my
video. I’m getting massive loads of work done with daily plans. Now if you want to learn
more about effective planning I wrote an entire chapter about it in my free book on earning
awesome grades, and you can get your own copy by clicking the picture and the book right
there. If you want to get more videos every single week on being an awesome college student,
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going to the companion blog post which you can find by clicking the orange button right
there. If you missed my last video there’s a clip of it playing right there.
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