It pays to be organised, especially if you have a very busy schedule and lots to do.
But how you get things done is important, and also whether the end result is satisfactory. Is the result effective? Does it achieve what you had hoped for? Why did you want to do it in the first place?
Being organised and getting things done depends on many aspects in your own personality. You need:
- Awareness of your vision
- Clarity and laser focus.
- Commitment and engagement
- Motivation and action
- A knowledge of your habits – good and bad
- Mental freedom
- Physical and mental fitness
When beginning a project it’s pretty obvious that awareness of the “Why” of the project is important.
Why? Why is it important to do this? Why do you want to do it? Why here? Why now?
Knowing the why of our action can
- define its success,
- lead to better choices in decision-making and to strategic thinking.
- help us align with our values and ideals which in turn reinforce the why.
Clarity of purpose is engaging and provides enthusiasm to motivate. A vision emerges of where you are going, and what you are trying to accomplish.
David Allen in his book “Getting things done” says if there is no good reason for your actions then it’s not worth doing.
Clarity about the why leads to commitment and action without which the whole project would collapse. Commitment helps you to work on, and gather together everything that makes a project successful.
It’s important to know your habits – good and bad!
The idea is to build more good habits but to be aware of any bad habits that would lead you astray.
Another important factor is perseverance – the grit to carry the project through to a satisfactory completion. The courage and maturity to persist and not give up when the going gets tough.
Mental freedom is important, because if you are always anxious and ambivalent about the why then the rest won’t follow easily and the clarity will be missing
The purpose has to be specific, as for a goal. Think of SMART goals. The initial clarity of purpose has to begin with something specific and measurable. Something vague or broad is not measurable.
The goal is able to be measured along its progress path as well as at the end.
There are many ways of measuring the progress of a goal and measurement is connected with its purpose. Were the financial resources allocated at the beginning sufficient to see it through? Can you measure at some point whether you are still on track? Can you measure motivation and enthusiasm levels at any point? Are you still aligned with the original purpose?
Sometimes even with the best intentions, ruthless focus and massive action, we can get overwhelmed with the task at hand.
Some subtle signs of overwhelm can be:-
A feeling of fear, feelings of anxiety, doubt, and feeling stretched with all the demands and activity we have created.
Ryan Eliason in his book “How to make a Lucrative career out of Profound Service” says common mistakes are:
- Underestimating the amount of time needed to complete activities related to the goal.
- Taking on too much
- No decent plan to reach your objective, resulting in a lack of confidence and more anxiety.
- Not recording progress tasks in a systematic manner to remind you of these instead of keeping them in your head, forgetting some and worrying about others.
- Lack of focus, causing your attention to be distracted in different directions.
- A failure to clarify your priorities
- Having bad habits, for example not looking after your health.
- Decide on the most important thing to do right now.
- Make a list
- Break up the list into baby steps
- Focus only on one thing and start taking action again.
- Correct the original issues and don’t repeat the same mistakes.
Thanks for reading 🙂
© Kathleen Crawford 2018
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