Getting things done

June 28, 2016

 

Some days you just can't get your head into things! It happens to us all, but for some people, it's more frequent and worst than it is for others.

 

There are a few techniques that I use to help to get on with things, which I would like to share with you:

 

Lists!

I'd be lost without my lists! I use Evernote as it means I can access my lists from anywhere and write notes that can later be searched, or shared. It's so much more efficient for me than a notebook.

 

Use a general list to help focus your mind on what is important, then create top level lists for the most important things that have to get done today, this week, this month.

 

I find it incredibly satisfying to check off a list, delete one when it's complete and to start again!

 

Mind maps

I love a good mind map! Generally, I'll make them to help me visualise all the aspects to a concept or decision. There are a lot of tools out there, most good ones you'll have to pay for. I especially like VUE, which is free for desktops, but admittedly not the simplest to use. Read this for more free tools.

 

Find your tribe!

One of the most effective ways I have found to be motivated is to be surrounded by like-minded people. The collective energy of others is incredibly powerful. 

 

By spending time with the right people I am able to learn from them, but also share what I had picked up along the way. You have to give, in order to receive; we know this, and for me is the most satisfying thing.

 

You may already know where your people hang out, but if don't then get on LinkedIn groups, Meetups etc. My tribe lived at the Entrepreneurs' Organization, a global group of the most amazing business owners, who all live by the same values and most importantly have a 'no dickhead' rule.

 

Being kept honest

Share your lists with someone you trust and respect; ask them to keep you honest. If you have a coach or mentor, then you can use them to help.

 

Make sure you reward yourself when you get things done, it's much better to celebrate a win than being down if you don't do something you wanted to.

 

 

Please share this article with the icons below! I would also like to hear from you with your comments or questions.

 

Cheers,

Duncan.

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