Today is Christmas Day of the year 2014. I was just thinking about what I’ve accomplished in 2014 and what I would like to accomplish in 2015. As I did this mental exercise, it occurred to me that life frequently has a way of distracting us from “getting things done.”
Just when you plan to do this or that, something comes up. By the time you know it, much time has already passed, and you have not gotten anywhere. Then it is as if nothing works for you, and you start to give up and believe that “it doesn’t work.”
Chances are at one time or another, we all have experienced the scenario above. For some of us, it is a lifelong struggle to overcome and for others, they’ve been able to pick themselves up and have moved on to achieving great things in their lives.
I want to share with you a simple strategy that has worked for me. First and foremost, you need to understand that it is not that it doesn’t work. It does work; but the problem is that over time, we have developed very bad habits which prevent us from making things work for us. We only need to recognize this and learn to prioritize our activities around our roles.
Action Steps to Getting Things Done
Everything starts with having a belief or faith that something can be done, but what needs to follow is a series of actions involving developing new good habits to erase the old bad habits.
Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” taught that after you have identified your goals, you need to organize yourself. If you don’t organize yourself, then again, life has its way of taking over your life, causing you to not be able to achieve your goals.
This is how you should organize yourself:
- Identify your various roles such as a being a father, mother, program manager, spouse, church worker, etc.
- Develop a list of the very important things that must be done on a consistent basis for each role.
- Organize and schedule your time around your roles so that you would be addressing the important things that matter most.
- Follow your plan and make changes as necessary along the way.
After a while, you will find that even though you have only 24 hours in a day, you can still do all the millions of things that you want to do because you are organized. Your organization has been around the most important things that must be done for each of your roles. You have made sure that the very important matters are taken care of first. By the time you know it, you have accomplished your goals.
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