This post will be a short and sweet one. Straight to the point. I’m an achiever, I love accomplishing goals and getting things done. I’m often asked how I get so much done in so little time. I’ve broken it down to 3 simple principles.
1) Set Clear Goals
Setting goals is so important. How else do you know what you are aiming for? By that I mean to say that goals are our targets. They give us something to judge our progress against. If you’re not setting goals, I can almost guarantee you aren’t getting much done. It’s not your fault. No one can really do big things without first defining what those things are. Bottom line, write down at least 3 goals you want to accomplish this year. Then pursue them with all you have.
2) Work With Intense Focus
This is one of my secrets to success. Most people lack focus, they try to multitask. Don’t do it, it’s a trap. Choose one thing at a time and really home in your efforts on that thing. And when you’re working on a task, really give yourself over to it. One trick I’ve been using lately is simply setting a timer and making sure I work on that particular task until the timer goes off. Give it a try. You’ll be amazed at how much you can do in 20 focused minutes. Remember that focus is energy, don’t waste your energy on unimportant tasks.
3) Practice Consistency
This is the one you can’t teach. It really comes down to self-discipline. I’ll be honest and say that it took me the longest time to get this trait. I think part of it comes from just getting older and more experienced. Like I said, you can’t learn it. You have to live it. Tony Robbins says that most people overestimate what they can do in a year, but underestimate what they can do in 10 years.
That’s true because of the power of consistency. If you commit to do something every day, you can’t help but see results. I’ve wanted to write a book forever, but always found myself procrastinating because I couldn’t carve out the hour per day to write. So guess what I did? I committed to writing 100 words a day towards my novel. That’s it, 100 words.
I picked it because I know its something I can be consistent with. Over the course of a year, that’s 36,500 words more than I’ve been doing. And there are days where I write more, but the key is having the consistency to write every day.
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