Jess has been super busy working on a big project, so ideas about productivity have been shooting around in her brain…  

It seems everyone is hustlin’ these days. In between work, family, social commitments and side projects, we are a bunch of do-ers who seem to be addicted to being busy. Everyone is on a mission to get sh** done.

‘Getting sh** done’ can mean ticking off that never ending to-do list. It can mean kicking all the goals with your family or collecting gold stars at work. Whatever area of your life needs a rocket up the tukus, you know there is no amount of motivational stationary or flowery inspirational quoting that will do it all for you. You have to look at that list square in the eye and take it on yourself.

Here are a few ideas that may help you get sh** done (GSD).

  1. Tackle those 5 minute jobs right away

This is a life rule that I (try to) live by. Our days are filled up with so many tasks- little tasks that can turn into bigger issues if they are pushed to the end of the to-do list and forgotten about. Respond to that quick email, chuck your dirty clothes in the laundry basket or reply to your mom’s text. By getting the quick stuff out of the way, you declutter your brain and give yourself more mental dexterity to tackle the big stuff.


  1. Don’t be afraid of the N word

Sometimes it’s easier to say “Yes, I will do that for you” than it is to politely decline, so we often find ourselves biting off more than we can chew. People pleasing can get exhausting, so we need to learn to be ok with saying ‘No’. We need to give ourselves enough down time in the day, enough quiet moments, to let our minds relax and wander, giving us a chance to put everything in perspective and refocus our goals. This balance is important- ain’t nobody GSD if they are burnt out and stretched thin.

  1. Lay off the social media

One single notification on our devices can unravel our concentration and set productivity levels backwards in a major way. Limit how much posting, pinning and snapping you do in day. If you have to knuckle down to get a chunk of work done, banish your phone to another room and don’t even think about opening up Facebook on your laptop. If social media plays an important part of your work or personal projects, utilise scheduling apps so that your day doesn’t have to be constantly interrupted.


  1. Ask. For. Help

The people I know who kick butt in their careers are those who are humble (and smart) enough to admit when they need help. By pulling someone in to support you where you need it or someone to collaborate with, you alleviate the pressure to complete the task all on your lonesome and you give yourself the opportunity to bone up on a skill set you may have been lacking. Don’t see it as a sign of weakness; see it as a form of personal development and the opportunity to meet new people and maybe even learn a cool trick or two.

  1. Embrace the imperfect

People who GSD aren’t afraid to make mistakes. I could tweak this blog post one thousand times over and never be 100% happy with it, leaving it unpublished, niggling at the back of my mind and clogging up the draft folder.  The Done Manifesto says that progress is better than perfection, a reassuring concept that illustrates how important it is to just keep going. We learn from everything that we do and often the messier mistakes teach us the biggest lessons. With that in mind, I am hitting the Publish button on this post and moving on ?


*All the cool cats featured in this post are people I feel embody GDS

Leandra Medine, founder of Man Repeller // Pic via here

Joan Didion, author // Pic via here

Sibella Court, stylist/author/designer/globetrotter // Pic via here


{This post was created by Jessica Bellef for The Transcontinental Affair}

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