FROM “TO DO” TO “TA DA” – THE FINE ART OF GETTING THINGS DONE
May 5, 2013
The way I look at it, our success rests on our accomplishments. Whether we like it or not, moving tasks from our “To Do” to “To Da” lists at the heart of it all. It’s going to determine how much money we make, how happy we are and the basic quality of our lives.
So why does the fine art of getting things done escape so many of us? I think there’s quite a bit of confusion involving the details. I’ve decided this very morning, albeit early, to take a stab at clearing up some of the mystery around this topic. Here goes:
What is a “To Do” anyway?
A To Do is something that needs to be done. The completion of it is going to make a difference to you or someone you care about. It’s real and should have a tangible quality. When it is done there is going to be change that can be seen, heard, touched, tasted, or felt.
What is a “Ta Da?”
FIRST the NEED: Every Ta Da started as a To Do. Before we can feel the thrill of accomplishment, we had a realize that it needed to be done in the first place.
SECOND the RESULT: After the realization came the action. We had to do something with the realization. Some physical activity had to ensue. There was movement with a finite result. A Ta Da is measurable.
What is the fine art of getting things done?
1. The STEPS: What are the steps needed to complete the To Do? Write down all the steps needed from start to finish. Next logically and rationally plan out the steps. This seems like a pain but will say lots of time, effort and money in the long run.
2. The RESOURCES: What resources will be needed for the process? What do you have on hand? What will have to be purchased, borrowed or substituted?
3. The METHOD: How will you do this? Do you know how or do you need some research? It’s a great idea to gather all the research in one place so when you launch into the To Do, you’ll have info at your fingertips.
4. The TIMING: How long should it take to complete this task? Now that you have that estimate, double your time allotted. Doubling your time will dramatically decrease your level of frustration. When you finish early, you’ll have an added sense of happiness and some built in “free” time.
5. The WHEN: What is the best time to do this job. The morning of the big party might not be your best choice. It’s good to choose a time when you can complete this job uninterrupted and without undue pressure.
6. The PREP: Clear your space so you can spread out and not be cramped. Gathering all resources is the best way to begin.
7. The ACTION: Launch into action. With a solid and well-developed plan, this should be a pleasurable experience.
8. The CELEBRATION: Congratulate yourself on a good job well done! This is always my favorite part of any job.
The more you practice this method the better it will get. Soon going from To Do to Ta Da will be second nature and you’ll have mastered the fine art of getting things done.
The question I most hear is, “What should I be doing?” Many business owners are spending precious time, valuable resources and energy doing things that don’t need to be done. No matter how well you are doing something that doesn’t have to be done, it’s a waste.
If you’re asking yourself this question, you might want to seek professional help. Not a Psychiatrist, a consultant. I help people just like you run their businesses better and make their dreams come true. I’m here if you would like to reach out.
Andrew Tjernlund - The Secrets that Made $10 Million on Amazon in 2015
January 15, 2016
Jack Canfield on Focus Forward
July 7, 2013
The Key Ingredient to Success - Are YOU Missing It?