How to Finally Get Stuff Done

Advice that works for anyone, including parents

Jessica Wildfire
Nov 14 · 5 min read
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Until my 30s, I’d never read a single productivity guide. Then we had a kid, and time pythoned us. Every minute I turn around now, there’s a fresh mess. All of the advice out there thinks I’m some slacker in my 20s — not the caretaker of a Tasmanian devil.

So how do you finally get stuff done if you’re already productive and ambitious, but just time strapped?

Cook in bulk

Gamify your chores

Cluster your errands

Learn to handle distraction

Actually read parenting guides

Keep an old fashioned notebook

Organize your work space

Put a premium on sleep

Don’t skimp on your tools

Keep an eye out for apps

Use your fringe time

Don’t get hung up on a masterpiece

Avoid other people’s drama

Just do one thing

Finally, keep a list of things you’ve done this week. You can do it on paper, or with something like Trello. Do this for two reasons. First, sometimes we get so busy we actually forget what we did. Second, it’ll remind you that you’re actually a pretty productive person.

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