How to Get Stuff Done
Dec 07, 2015
Whatever "stuff" needs doing in your life, sometimes you need some help knowing how to get it done. Whether it is adopting a new behavior, reaching a physical goal, or just moving through your to do list, I am going to share with you the first step in getting it done with a word about goal setting.
Goals are powerful. They represent what we want out of life. Your goals reflect what your desire and passion for life is. If your goal is to be physically fit, you might have the goal of completing a marathon, or running a 5k straight through at a certain pace or earning a certain color belt in karate. Setting a goal makes you push yourself through to the next level and contributes greatly to an improvement in your physical healthy and capabilities. A goal helps you to focus and give attention to that area you want to improve.
The first question of goal setting is, "What do you want to accomplish?". When I give a goal setting workshop, we begin with priorities. In order to define priorities, we use a process called mind mapping. Mind mapping is an effective way to brainstorm about absolutely anything. It can be very helpful to get your thoughts out on paper where you can literally see them.
Mind-mapping can be used to outline a project, develop a plan or simply take a look at where you spend your time.
This is where we start. If we take an honest look at all of the things going on in our lives and determine how much time we are spending on them, it can help us manage our time more wisely and develop a plan for achieving our goal.
Our priorities are revealed when we see where we spend our time. Take a few minutes and mind map your life. Placing your name in the center, branch out for all of your interests, activities and commitments. Very quickly you will see your priorities. If you don't like the way it looks, change it! Focus more time on the things you care about most. Set a goal in that area and get to work!
Once we take a look at our lives on paper, we can identify any inconsistency or imbalance. It may be revealed why we are not accomplishing what we need or want to accomplish. After making these observations, and identifying our goal, it's time to clearly define the goal and put it on a timeline.
For example, if you want to get moving and improve your health, you must determine these things:
1. How much time you are spending on your physical health?
2. How much time you are willing to spend improving your physical health?
3. What method are you going to use to improve your health? (running, yoga, cycling, etc.)
4. What goal are you going to set to achieve better healthy? (5k, marathon, triathlon, etc.)
5. What is your timeline? (3 months, 6 months, 9 months)
These questions can be altered to fit your desired goal.
Ask yourself these questions:
- How much time you are spending on your goal now?
- How much time are you willing to spend?
- What are you going to start doing to get you to your goal?
- How are you going to measure your progress?
- By what time do you want to reach your goal?
Write down the answers to these questions, alongside your mind map and begin your work! Map out your goal and determine what you need to do each day in order to get where you want to be and achieve your goal. Keep it in front of you and use it for motivation.
Goals are powerful and can be used to push us in the right direction, improve our lives and get the important "stuff" done!
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