Getting Stuff Done
Have you ever been in a situation where you have a list of things in your head you need to accomplish? Then a week goes by, and you realize you haven’t done anything with that list? Yeah, that has happened to me over the past three months. That’s right, a quarter of this year wasted because I didn’t have a system in place to get work done in a timely and consistent manner. Sad to say It’s not the first time this has happened.
Earlier versions of this post were about how I have been using a particular software (Asana, if you care) but it was shaping up to be just another software review. While software reviews are great, not having the right software wasn’t the problem with not completing work. The problem was actually twofold.
The first part of the problem (fold #1?) was deciding what projects needed to be completed and when. These were the things I had stored in my brain.
Except when I didn’t have them stored in my brain.
I have learned that not only in my business life but my personal as well, that I need some way of keeping the things I need to get done in front of my face. Otherwise, they are forgotten until I have my next great idea, which often happens to be something that was in my head before.
The second part of the problem (.. fold 2, right?) was when I knew what needed to be done, but didn’t do it promptly. There was no sense of urgency, no plan at all which is counterproductive if you want to be successful in business and life.
What I’ve done to fix the problem.
Not to pat myself on the back but over the past two weeks, I have been using the Asana software to get my projects in order. Within this time I have got more done than I did the previous three months.
While it’s great to make some progress, it does make me feel like a fool for not having a system in place to use sooner. Luckily there is no time in my new schedule for a verbal lashing from myself. Besides there are plenty of people in the world that will talk bad about you, no sense in adding yourself to the mix, right?
I also have, after years of hearing internet guru’s say it, started just to do things now instead of waiting for the time to be perfect. One example would be my podcast setup. I keep waiting for my workspace to be perfect, which will never happen, before just grabbing the mic and getting podcast episodes completed. Over the course of the past weekend, I came up with a podcasting setup that while not what I have always envisioned will get the job done now instead of later.
What about you?
So, are you having the same kinds of problems when trying to get work done? What do you do to get yourself back on track?