How to Get Stuff Done ✔︎
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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the 10 million things you HAVE to do?
What do we do when we feel like this? Well, we write to-do lists.
In fact, we write so much stuff on our lists, that we become overwhelmed. We don’t know where to start, so we either do nothing- or take the easiest thing and get it done.
Then, we look back at our list and become overwhelmed again.
AHHHHHH! (Yep, I am pulling my hair out!)
You know me…I like to have a system for everything!
There are a LOT of systems out there, but I created my own hybrid.
Steps to Take
There are 3 steps I take:
- Write down everything I think I “HAVE” to do.
- Determine if everything on the list REALLY is what I have to do!
- Put the actionable items in my calendar- THAT VERY MINUTE!
So, how does this help you? If you are feeling overwhelmed- or just want to get a grip on everything- follow these steps to get that joyful feeling back!
Now, let’s start!
1. Brain Dump
Begin with a total brain dump. Give yourself 10 minutes to write down everything you think you need to do. You will have a big list.
Anything you have forgotten isn’t that important for now. Now, if you have added personal items on this list- give yourself a high five! If not, it is time to add them.
2. Your List
It is time to be RUTHLESS!! Do You Really HAVE to Do It All?
Seriously, look at your list. Do you HAVE to drive to your client’s house this very minute to drop off that pillow? Can you send someone else- or do it tomorrow when you are doing other errands?
Are these items actionable?
Don’t put “create a new website” on your list. That would be about 75 actionable items to put onto your list! If you really do want to create a new website, then you will have to break down that “outcome” into 75 manageable tasks. OK, maybe not 75, but I am close!
Make a column to the left of your list and put a letter by each item. Here are your options:
Ⓒ Calendar it
Ⓓ Delegate it
Ⓢ Stop doing it
There is no “maybe” column. There is no “pondering “column. There are just 3 choices.
If you have an idea that you can’t let go of, create a new document that is for future ideas. I keep one in my Notes on my phone and type it in as soon as I think about it so it is not floating around on a sticky note somewhere.
3. Put Actionable Items in Your Calendar
Before you put the actionable items in your calendar…
What Time of Day Do you Have the Most Energy?
I am a morning person. Maybe it’s my coffee, but I wake up ready to rock. If you are a morning person, calendar your to-dos in the morning. If you are a night person, calendar your to-dos in the night!
Simplify your calendar and you simplify your life!
When Do I Create This List?
I have created a download for you, so you can DO THIS NOW!!! Really, do it now because with each day, from now until New Years, you will become more overwhelmed.
Once you do this exercise, take a breath and feel the good mojo. You probably have some good momentum going, so go with it!!