Featured, Getting Things Done, Goals, Motivation, Success October 12th, 2011
photo credit: Steve-h
Do you have some tasks that you’ve been putting off? Do they weigh on your mind? It could be a project, individual tasks, a phone call, or even a conversation you need to have with someone. Do you feel bad about not getting those tasks done? Do you feel a little hopeless about ever getting them done because you’ve procrastinated for so long now? How would you like to shed your bad feelings and finally get some of those tasks done? If so, then please join me on my Productivity Journey. Here’s what it’s all about:
What Is the Productivity Journey?
Over the next month you are invited on a journey to complete some of those nagging tasks you’ve been putting off for so long. In the process you will gain a lightness in your life, no longer carrying them around in your mind! Can you imagine how good that will feel? Seriously, the weight of those unfinished tasks places a heavy burden on your mind whether you realize it or not. In taking this journey, step by step each day for the next 30 days, you will be establishing a new and powerful lifelong habit that will set you up for success! Wow!
Are you excited yet?! Because I am! I want that feeling of accomplishment. How about you? We Can Do It!!
How It Works
In order to have success we are going to keep things simple! There’s just 3 steps and you really only need to do the third step.
1. Mentally Commit
Today is a new day. Believe that. Let go of self criticism. Decide to go on the Productivity Journey and stick with it.
2. Success Totem
Create a physical item that you can add to each day that shows your cumulative success on your Productivity Journey. This will serve as a reminder to you that you are accomplishing things. Often we are getting things done, but once they are done there is no physical reminder that we completed the task and so we don’t give ourselves credit and savor the feeling of accomplishment. That feeling of accomplishment is a natural driver for continuing our journey tomorrow. So we want to make sure that you get that juice each day!
Your Success Totem could be a necklace or bracelet to which you add a bead each day. It could be a tower of blocks, one for each day that you complete a task. Or it could be a simple written calendar or log of your accomplishments that you post somewhere in your office or home. Click here for some other Success Totem ideas.
3. Take Action!
Duh! Of course, right? Taking action is both simple and complex. Simple in that all you have to do is DO IT! And complex in that we may have a hard time choosing which task to to and also complex in that our brain is always being tempted to do the “little tasks” that we think need to be done. They are tempting because they are simple to do. But they often don’t have to be done NOW. We just want to get them out of the way before we do our important stuff. That’s no good though. We must do the difficult important stuff first! So – let’s Take Action!
Simply: choose one task. If you have trouble choosing, always choose the toughest one because it will give you the most satisfaction juice when done!
Do the Task!
- Project Type Tasks: set aside a certain amount of time to work on it each day until it is done. Always work on it as early in the day as possible.
- Short Term Tasks. Just do it. First thing.
Turn off your cell phone. Don’t answer the land-line phone. Don’t look at email. Ignore all distractions including all the things you “have to do.” They can wait until later. (Write them down to get them off your mind.)
Take one step. Then take another step. Then another. Finally, you will have climbed a mountain! You can only do it one step at a time. Accept that. Do what you can today. Do more tomorrow. Be patient. Build your Success Totem to see your cumulative success. Keep moving forward and you will get there!
JOIN THE JOURNEY!
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