Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.
Proverbs 29:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
At this time of the year it is common for people to begin to take stock concerning their productivity in the year and review it so that they can find out what was achieved, what wasn’t achieved and why so as to determine new strategies to adopt in the future. Before you can review effectively, it is important that you refer to what you previewed before the year began in the first place.
I believe with the whole of my heart that one action is better that countless intentions because your action is the major difference between your dream in the subliminal state and its fulfillment in the experiential state.
Generally, to get things done, i think that you would need to:
1. Be clear about what it is you want to do or get done
2. Be consistent and progressive in your actions but allow room for mid-course corrections and adjustments
3. Be willing to confront the task at hand decisively
Specifically, to get things done you need to do the following where necessary:
#1. Talk About It
What gets talked about gets done particularly in team environments so do not hesitate to always talk about it.
#2. Train For It
Apart from having the necessary tools and resources, you must be willing to acquire the necessary skills required to get the job done. This may mean getting the relevant information, studying or conducting a research personally or through your teams
#3. Measure It
This is a saying in management and leadership circles that “you cannot manage what you cannot measure” so ensure that systems and processes are put in place to enable review and make adjustments where and when necessary
#4. Budget For It
There is always the cost element to any venture. It is advisable not to venture at all than to venture and realize that you haven’t counted the cost fully
#5. Confront It
The time will come when all that will be required of you is the sheer will to confront. Always remember that you cannot conquer what you are unwilling to confront.
#6. Put A Reward On It
A reward mechanism whether it takes the form of finances or any other form is a major driver of motivation, so ensure that there is always a benefit because humans always ask themselves “what is in it for me?”
#7. Inspect It
I have learnt over time that people may not necessarily do what you expect, but they will almost always do what you inspect
Finally, there are countless productivity apps to help you better manage your time so that you can maximize your productivity in your personal or professional life. Find out what works for you and take advantage of them.
There is a phrase called “analysis paralysis” which refers to over analyzing to such a point that the main task at hand gets lost and forgotten because the focus shifted to the analysis process rather than the task at hand. Always focus on what needs to be done and don’t over analyse how to get there as long as you have a plan to get there, just do it! It is far better to take steps, make mistakes in the process and make adjustments than not to take any action at all.
Whatever you do, make sure you get it done!
What are the things that you need to get done? Be clear about what you want, identify what may stop you from getting them done. What steps are you going to take to make it happen? Share your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter