The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
As a life coach and mentor, I know only too well how much stress it can cause me when my daily tasks start to mount up. Luckily it doesn’t happen too often and I have good systems in place and know what to do to get back on track quickly.
I remember a lovely girl I used to know in another city where I used to live who’s house was always immaculate and her bills and financial life were always very well organised. One day she confided in me that her friends would often comment negatively about here “apparent” obsession. However, I didn’t see her focus and attention to detail in any way negative because it only had a positive impact on her life. And, I learned from her.
Whenever I see someone who has a great strategy to life I will always try to model and copy it. I recognised how easy her life was because she was organised, knew where everything was and didn’t have to fret and worry about things like bills, because she was always on top of them.
I immediately mimicked her strategy and am still so much happier for doing so to this day.
If you are like most of us you probably have a lot of responsibilities and a lot to do in a day. If the first thing on your TO DO list is – “how to get things done!” then you might like some of the ideas provided in the articles listed below.
My personal favourite method is using a quadrant that helps me split my list of tasks into the following categories-
- IMPORTANT and URGENT
- IMPORTANT not URGENT
- URGENT not IMPORTANT
- not IMPORTANT and not URGENT
However, I’ve created a hybrid of that using a fantastic tool called Evernote that I highly recommend.
But no matter how well you can plan your day and get “stuff” done, make sure the first URGENT and IMPORTANT task is to take time to work on yourself. You can have all the tools and systems in the world to smash your days to do’s, so prioritise time to set yourself up in the right frame of mind at least.
I created a really basic 33 page ebook on time management a few years back in 2012. The principles are still good and if you could use some help it is a very practical starting guide. It’s free and you don’t need to sign up or anything. Just click here and it should open in a new tab or window.
I notice reading some of the articles below that the fist one I open from entrepreneur.com has the following:
1. Start the day with structured ‘me time’: Go through email and social media updates that have piled up overnight and triage the backlog.
Now, I don’t want to argue with such an esteemed publication, but when I think of “me time”, I really mean it’s “all about me” – meditation, visualisation, getting into state, a few “attitudes of gratitude” and some exercise at the very minimum.
Here is the entrepreneur.com article
Productivity is all about efficiency — doing more, faster and with less. And with increasing demands from today’s anytime, anywhere workplace, it is has never been more important. To get the most out of your day, you need to focus on these three segments of your life:
Here’s another 21 tips from Robin Sharma. I’ve heard a lot about this guy and will be learning some of his genius via his content very soon.
He contradicts entrepreneur.com instantly with his first tip:
#1. Check email in the afternoon so you protect the peak energy hours of your mornings for your best work.
#5. Sell your TV. You’re just watching other people get successful versus doing the things that will get you to your dreams.
I finally did #5 this year and am so glad I managed to gather up the gumption to do so. I used to say that I only watched a couple of comedies in a week, but it was always a bit more and if over just the next 10 years I have just gained just one hour per day it means I’ve added 5 months of fun on to my life. 5 months!
Here’s some sage advice from Neil Patel who I have followed for years writing for inc.com.
What I love about this is Neil hits the nail hard on the head by explaining the Pareto principle in relation to getting stuff done:
“The Pareto principle states that 80 percent of your results come from 20 percent of your efforts. Getting your work done in the morning means that you can take a leaner approach to the important tasks–a smart approach.”
I learned on a course by the late and great Chet Holmes a method for taking that principle further. He stated and explained in detail that if you can reduce your to do list down to finding what the one task is that if you could achieve would affect everything else sometimes you would only need to do that one “thing” and everything else would be achieved as well without you having to do anything at all. He went on to state that sometimes you wouldn’t even need to do that one thing and it would all be achieved anyway. I can’t explain how, but it actually worked.
However, with that all said and done and some great advice from some great sources, I’ve left the best for last. Brian Johnson’s PhilosphersNotes.
Over 300 of the best self help, personal development books condensed into 10 minute videos and handy PDFs.
57 Peak Performance books that Brian has condensed for you and me. I love his stuff.
So, if there isn’t something amongst all that to get you sparked up and focused on your day, week, month, year, life ahead, go see a doctor 😉
I hope you enjoy and if you need any further help, give me a call or drop me an email.