I am often asked how I get so much stuff done. I've got to tell you. If you were to spend a normal day with me, you wouldn't be asking that question. Super hero powers, for me, do not exist. I hung up my cape a long time ago when Perfect passed away. I'm just a girl with a mad to-do list and dreams. Sure I get stuff done, but, there isn't a whole lot of magic involved. However, no surprise, I do have a few thoughts about this, which might help others get stuff done or GSD, too.
My non-secrets to getting stuff done (by the way, the real queen of getting stuff done, Dr. I, will be guest blogging here soon. She is a master of GSD):
GSD Non-secret #1: Set a goal or a few of them. Following the advice of entrepreneur and author, Tim Ferriss, before I get out of bed in the morning, I ask myself, "What is the one task or item that must be accomplished today?" I then make sure that item or task is tackled first when my work day begins, which is usually after dropping off Miss O and trail running with Jedi.
GSD Non-secret #2: Use a to-do list. If an entire book can be dedicated to using checklists and lists in general, you need one in your life. I am totally digging the to-do list I shared here. Go print one for yourself and use it for a few weeks. Let me know what impact it has on your GSDing.
GSD Non-secret #3: Honor your passions. Part of why I GSD is that I like or love what I'm doing. What a difference it makes to work on something that resonates with you. It doesn't feel like work, it feels like you are feeding your soul. Remember this Dear Abby quote?
GSD Non-secret #4: Learn how to say no and yes - in that order. When you are decent at GSDing, others want you to GSD with them. Invites to do so can be overwhelming. Knowing your passions (and core values) provides the compass and confidence you need to say no when a project or task doesn't align with what makes you tick. The more I say no, the more I can say yes to the right projects and invitations.
GSD Non-secret #5: Counterbalance work + play. Did you notice in non-secret #1, I make sure my must do task happens after I trail run with Jedi? I think most USAmericans have it all wrong. They do not allow enough time for play and joy. This deficiency shows up in negative ways affecting their health, mental health, stress levels, fitness, and overall happiness. In the popular hackschooling TED Talk, 13-year old Logan LaPlante sums this up nicely, "We are taught to make a living, not make a life."
I'm all about making a life and getting stuff done.
PS - If you are confused about your passion(s) and core values either hire me to lead a workshop or deliver a keynote at your organization or hire life coach, Sue, for one-on-one coaching. Life changes when you align with your passions and core values. Remember this blog post? Man, my world was rocked in the best way.