5 simple ways to get things done

By July 18, 2011 productivity No Comments

1. Flow

Flow time is the fun part of getting things done. It’s when you are thinking about something and you put no limitations onto your mind. When you think, think with literally no boundaries of what you can use or do with yourself or the project, post, song, artwork, etc. that you are working on. Later on it will get trimmed down by your resources and skills anyways but the creative process should be free of limitation. Make this process a play. Learn to have fun doing this. It pays off.

You have to think anyway, so why not think big?

- Donald Trump

2. Start a fire

If you have a magnifying glass and are trying to engrave your name on something, the only way to do it is by concentrating all the energy in a small spot. If you try to get a wide beam, the energy will be insufficient. This is the most crucial part of getting anything done. One of the most common problems is that we never decide what to concentrate on, therefore we never begin. Decide which project/idea is of most importance, break its progress down into smaller steps and start engraving your name with the fire in your soul.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

- Lao-tzu

3. Increase productivity

Stop striving for perfection. One of the most frustrating things that I encounter is wanting to get things perfect. It’s ok to want perfection but it’s not ok to never get anything done. You’ll also find out that once you get started doing something, you’ll come up with 10+ new ideas on how to make it even better and more fascinating. Keep in mind that less is more. Instead of trying to integrate all 10 ideas, think about how to get it done. You can always release version 2 or come up with another idea or project that steps on the previous one. Everything is transient but important. Think of your work as a building block of a collective tower. Every brick has a spot and purpose but you have to start from the bottom.

You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself.

- Seth Godin (Tribes)

4. Fail

Don’t be afraid to fail. Accept defeat and do it anyways. You’ll find out that you can’t really fail in life. “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” My best experience with failure is with windsurfing. Everyone I asked about the secret of windsurfing said the same thing. Fall off a 100 times but give 100% of yourself not to fall. Imagine there are sharks in the water! Count 100 of those hard tries and you’ll learn to windsurf. The people who laugh at you are only in your head. And even if there is 1 or 2 really laughing, they won’t laugh once you take off :)

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.

5. Celebrate

I don’t think you need details on how to do this part :) Always celebrate your progress – regardless of how small it may be. Celebrate while you work. Listen to your favorite music. Enjoy! What that will do for you is create an entire reward mechanism in you, which will allow you to work a lot more efficiently. People usually say: “I can’t afford celebration – I just don’t have the time.” That isn’t true. If you skip this part, your overall productivity will suffer as well. If you really want to save time, you can’t afford not to celebrate.

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.

- Dale Carnegie


The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

- Oprah Winfrey


Thank you,

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