Friday, August 26, 2011

5 Absolute Ways to Get Something Done

"How do you do it all?"  This is a question I'm often asked, and I've written about it here on the blog before.

Today I thought I'd share five points to quick start your productivity.

1)  Give yourself deadlines for things.

I'm on more deadlines imposed by myself than by others.  I keep them unless prohibited by waiting on others for things I can't control.

2)  Tell people about your deadlines.

I share with my close friends about my deadlines.  They ask me about some of them and it keeps me on track.  Nothin' like a little accountability!

3)  Make an initiative list every week.

My list is done by Thursdays for the following week.  The list includes everything I have to do for the entire week.  I find great joy in checking off things when they are done.  I keep mine on my Outlook but you can do this on paper or the computer or however is best for you.


4)  Divide your initiatives by the number of days you're going to work.

I keep Friday as my sacred day off.  Without it I pretty much become somebody nobody wants to be around.  So I divide my initiative list by 5.  I give off for Friday and Sunday, being that Sunday I am too busy with church all day to tackle anything else.  It's a workday all it's own and goes non-stop.  So if I have 30 items on my initiative list for the week,  then I have to do 6 items a day.  

5)  Be your own parent.

Just because you're grown doesn't mean you can just do whatever you want, at least if you're going to be successful.  We all have to do things we don't want to do - things that are essential to our effectiveness.  Your parents used to make you do those things as a kid -- at least most people's parents do.  Be your own parent...say no to things off of your list of initiatives until the work is done.

How do YOU get things done?

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