How to Get Sh*t Done In Life ( by the Women Who Do!)

(By the Women Who Do!) 11 multi-task­ing mavens tell you ex­actly what you need to do to get or­gan­ised, and man­age your time, like a pro!

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CONTENTS - By Me­her Ba­jwa

Give Your­self Short-Term Goals

“I’ve learned that dead­lines can be night­mares if they haven’t been thought through or planned well. In­stead of get­ting bogged down with thoughts of all the work you still have to do, break your en­tire task list into smaller dead­lines and work to­wards achiev­ing them one at a time.”

Be­come a Morn­ing Person

“Ever since I’ve been start­ing my day ear­lier, my life has be­come much more or­gan­ised. Over time, I’ve re­alised that any amount of sleep will never seem enough so it’s eas­ier to train your body to wake up early. Those ex­tra two hours ev­ery morn­ing give me time to sort out new work is­sues, make task lists for the day, and del­e­gate work to my team.”

Learn How to Say No, the Right Way

“Learn­ing how to say no is crit­i­cal for me, since I free­lance and have to bal­ance my re­tain­ers with my sub­mis­sions for var­i­ous mag­a­zines and blogs. If you don’t have the time, you don’t have the time, pe­riod. Turn down some­thing po­litely, and be clear that you’re swamped. Peo­ple like work done, and not ex­ten­sions on dead­lines. They will ap­pre­ci­ate your hon­esty.”

Un­der­stand the Power of Time­lines

“I al­ways in­sist on fi­nite tim­ing for meet­ings with clients, etc. I man­age this with my favourite app, Egg Timer. I start the timer once we be­gin a meet­ing or con­fer­ence call and en­sure the meet­ing is fin­ished within the stip­u­lated time. I strongly be­lieve that our minds work best within fi­nite time­lines.”

Es­tab­lish a Solid, Work­ing Sys­tem

“Ev­ery­thing comes down to plan­ning and then ex­e­cu­tion. We’re a coun­try full of great ideas but ex­e­cu­tion is the peren­nial is­sue. Cre­ate sys­tems, whether it’s at work or home. The more you can get peo­ple to fol­low a pre-de­ter­mined sys­tem, the less room there is a for lazi­ness and mis­guided im­pro­vi­sa­tion. Per­for­mance is also mea­sur­able in a sys­tem. Also, make time to re­lax, re­fresh and re-charge.”

Don’t An­swer Calls from Un­known Num­bers

“All my e-mails dur­ing ini­tial in­ter­ac­tions re­quest that I first be given the courtesy of a text mes­sage iden­ti­fy­ing who is calling and that I will call them back my­self. This is a huge time-saver be­cause when I know no voice-calls are sched­uled, I can leave my phone and work with­out in­ter­rup­tions. I call back once I know my work is done or if I’m tak­ing a break.”

Be Pro-Ac­tive, Not Re­ac­tive

“There will al­ways be new things that will keep try­ing to squeeze their way into you day. It’s im­por­tant to be able to fo­cus and de­cide how you can slot those things into your sched­ule. Don’t jump to ac­tion from one job to another, with­out a sec­ond thought. An­tic­i­pate and slot tasks into cat­e­gories be­fore they be­come big­ger prob­lems.”

Don’t be In­se­cure

“If the idea is to get a job done, don’t worry if some­body on the team can do it bet­ter than you—if you are do­ing your job well, it will not ef­fect you. Don’t waste time wor­ry­ing about what oth­ers are do­ing, the money they are mak­ing, and with whom they are friendly. It’s just a waste of your en­er­gies and has no pos­i­tive im­pact on your job. Just know what you want to do and do it!”

Go Dig­i­tal

“Re­minder apps are the way to go for to-do lists, sub-lists and pri­or­ity lists. Wun­derlist is an ex­cel­lent app for or­gan­is­ing all your lists for easy ac­cess. We’re now start­ing in­ter­na­tional events, which means a lot of travel, for which the World Mate App works best to or­gan­ise travel itin­er­ar­ies—air­line and ho­tel book­ings, Li­mou­sine reser­va­tions, weather and even a tip cal­cu­la­tor!”

Be the Boss of Your In­box... and Not the Other Way Around

“So much time gets wasted be­cause of the con­stant bom­bard­ment of mes­sages and up­dates, so take con­trol of how much time you spend check­ing your e-mail and so­cial me­dia sites, and then re­spond to the im­por­tant ones right away. By the end of the work day, make sure to leave no un­read e-mails in your In­box. Re­ply to im­por­tant ones and delete the rest.”

Mri­nalini Chan­dra Direc­tor, Mri­nalini Chan­dra Ar­ti­san

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Am­bika Mut­too Beauty, Travel and

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Naina Ras­togi

Gen­eral Man­ager, Life­style and Lux­ury,

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Fashion De­signer

Suchi Mukher­jee CEO and Founder,

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Nishat Fa­tima

Edi­tor, Harper’s Bazaar

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