How To Actually Get Sh*t Done, According To Science



We’re career girls, so of course, we want to actually get things done. And when science has a formula that can help with that we’re not one to argue!

Especially in a world where social media is too tempting and it’s soooo easy to get distracted!

But, don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s not just you, or us that struggles to get through our to-do list sometimes. And always, we’ve discovered a way that will keep procrastination at bay.

And seeing as science is backing us up this time, there’s no room for excuses anymore! So, I have one question for you… are you ready to get things done?


1. Eat the elephant first


We all have those tasks that we just do not want to do. These are the tasks we usually put off to last minute because we’re not motivated to complete them.

But you should treat every task with the same seriousness. And ‘eat the elephant’ first thing in the day, tackle that huge task that seems impossible.

And our best advice is to tackle these tasks first thing in the morning. They should be the first things you do with your day rather than the last. Because the other tasks which excite you a little more will keep you more energized throughout the day.

So, in order to not let your energy levels drop it’s always best to start off those unwanted tasks that you always put off. Trust us, you’ll thank us later!


2. Master your time


So, this technique was developed to beat procrastination.

And all you have to do is a set a timer for your tasks – not so hard huh?

We would recommend you set the timer for 25 minutes and give yourself a little break in-between.



There’s actually an app that’s a fav of ours that will help you do this. It’s called 30/30 and it will give you a time limit to complete a certain task – in this case, 30 minutes and not 25. When your time is up you should know that you should move on to your next task after your little 5-minute break. Get it here.


3. Change your scenery


It should be no surprise to you that where you work has an impact on how you work and how fast you can complete a task.

Working from home and sitting on your bed is not going to be good for your productivity.

But sitting at a desk that’s full of clutter with a million pens that don’t work and sticky notes everywhere that no longer have any relevance does you no favors either.

Start by clearing up your area and make it clean and fresh. Make sure to create the perfect lighting by making sure it’s not too dark (or you’ll be sleepy) and not too bright either!


4. Detox your phone


We could all use with a little help getting off of our phones, especially when we desperately need to get things done.

And we’ve found the perfect way you can do that.

Instead of locking yourself out of your phone entirely, you can just block certain apps that distract you the most.



And AppDetox allows you to do that so you can get the more time for you. You can set your own rules rather than facing restrictions so you can finally kick procrastination’s butt and save your meme tagging for later! Get it here.


5. Get into the zone


We’ve been told a lie for many years… that listening to music is counterproductive.

But we certainly know in the office that music affects our mood, and it affects how motivated and pumped to get things done.

And in fact, research does show that music, especially background music can actually help you learn and process information faster. And you don’t have to listen to classical music to make it happen.

Although, classical music and music without lyrics is meant to be better for you. But it really depends on the individual, for us, we need music with lyrics but it might not be the same story for you!



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Elizabeth Smith

Hi, I’m an Editorial Assistant and Content Creator here at CGD! I’m an ambitious award winning writer with an extensive background in literature and critical theory. I specialise also in digital marketing, creating engaging content, working with press and creating client relations.