Get More Done Today By Fixing a Broken Tool

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Image of tools on a wall and the phrase, Get More Done Today By Fixing a Broken Tool You’ve been meaning to repair a broken dresser handle for the past three months.

It’s not like you don’t want to do the work; you’d love to have the handle back on the drawer.

The problem? Your trusty screwdriver has broken in two, making a repair almost impossible.

Sometimes, we end up being unproductive because we don’t consciously recognize there is an issue with our tools.

Tools may be broken, damaged, or outdated, which translates to us not getting our work done.

In this post, I offer a couple of pointers to help you find the broken tools in your life, fix them, and then get on with your busy day.

Find a sticky spot in your to-do list.

Have you been avoiding a task or series of tasks for the past few days, weeks, months, or years?

This might be an office task, such as running a report, or a home task, such as hanging a painting on the wall.

Go ahead and flip through your current to-do list and find three tasks you’d love to cross off your list.

Ideally, the task should be something that can be completed in a relatively short period of time.

Identify the broken tool.

Now that you’ve got a few tasks in mind, it’s time to find the broken tool for each task.

All you have to do is identify a specific item in your home or office that will help you complete a particular task, but is currently: broken, worn-out, outdated, rusted, dull, outmoded, etc.   

Keep in mind, broken tools don’t have to be a piece of hardware, like the screwdriver I described in the opening of this post.

You just have to think creatively, and outside of the box. Can you identify possible broken tools in the following scenarios?

  1. You’re having trouble running a report at work. It used to take a few minutes, now it takes twenty minutes. It turns out, the software version you’ve been using is two versions behind.
  2. You haven’t been cooking much at home because it’s more difficult to use your kitchen knives. They were a breeze to use, now, they are dull, and can’t cut through food very well.
  3. You haven’t been feeling well at the office. Your feet hurt, your legs are tired, and you’d rather sit, than stand.

Fix or replace the tool.

Once you’ve identified the broken tool, you can take steps to either fix, update, or replace it. In the scenarios above, you’d update your software, sharpen your kitchen knives, and either resole or buy a new pair of work shoes.

Ask yourself the following:

  • How can I fix this tool? Can it be sharpened, updated, resoled, reassembled, etc.?
  • If the tool can’t be fixed, is it time to buy or rent a new one for my needs?
  • Since I’m reviewing tools right now, is there another tool out there that would be a better fit for my needs?

Fixing a broken tool can be extremely satisfying. You can finally attend to the task at hand, get your work done, and feel extremely accomplished!

How about you? Is there a tool in your life that could use some TLC? What will you be able to accomplish when you finally fix your tool? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.