One of the vital keys to success in Internet Marketing, MLM, or anything else in life is simply getting the things done that you know need done. Would you agree?
We may know what should be done each day. We may have a goal card with our goals written out and the steps to get there. We may have our to do list and maybe even have it prioritized.
BUT…. If we never take action, we will never reach our Goals!
This is an area I’ve struggled with and continue to work to overcome, but the more I overcome it and take action on the items I know I should be doing, the more satisfied I am and the more successful I am in everything I set out to do.
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words!
For me, like so many, often times, I can read books and listen to motivational tapes (and I do); but until I see it, it just is not as clear. Once I see a picture or diagram of how to accomplish something, it usually sets it in my mind and I can make it happen.
That’s the way it was with the common Time Management Method called Getting Things Done. You can read about it in David Allan’s book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. I read about it and it made since and I worked to implement it in my life and business. But it was when I printed out and studied a diagram, or picture of how it works, that the Getting Things Done method sunk in. The GTD time management method is a great, simple technique to help keep you on track in accomplishing the steps you need to take to succeed in your online business and in life.
So, Here is my quick review of how the Getting Things Done method along with a printable GTD Reference sheet to help you visualize and actually implement these vital techniques.
1. Everything goes in your In box.
Everything goes in your in box: whether communications (email, mail, etc), projects, tasks, meetings, marketing, etc. You may need a physical in box and an electronic in box. Have one place for the physical stuff, mail, bills, notes, etc. Have one place for electronic stuff; emails, todo lists, etc. You’ll need to come up with a system that works for you. There are lots of sources of suggestions, for example: The Only 5 Tools You Need to Implement GTD
2. Decide what to do with each item.
Ask yourself, is it actionable? Is it something that you need to do? That’s going to be based on what your goals are and what needs to be done to accomplish your goals. If you don’t have your goals clearly in mind and prioritized, then that might be a first step before setting up your GTD process. We need to get things done, but first we need to know that the things we are getting done or the right things to bring us success in life. A great source for planning out your goals is Stephen Covey’s book, First Things First.
3. NO, it’s not actionable.
If the item is not something that needs action taken, you need to either Trash it, Incubate it, or File it.
It it’s not something you think you’ll ever need to deal with, just throw it out. Trash it!
If you think you might do something with it, then put it in a “Someday/Maybe” file.
If it’s something you don’t need to take an action on, but want to save for reference, then file it in your filing system.
4. YES, it’s actionable.
If it is actionable; is something you should do; then decide what is the next action. Should it be done now, delegated, or scheduled for later?
If it can be done right NOW, in less than 2 minutes. If so, then DO IT NOW.
Decide if it should be delegated. If so, then delegate it to whoever should best do it.
Is it a multiple step item? If it’s something that will take multiple steps, then it’s a Project, not a task item. Put it in a planning category and plan out the steps. Once the steps are planned out, then each step is a separate action item.
5. Plan the Action to Get it Done.
OK, if the item is something you should do, but is not something you can do in less than 2 minutes, then you need to plan a time to do it. Either put it on your “Next Actions” list with things that need done as soon as possible, or put it on your calendar.
The Next Action items are items you know need done as soon as you can, but you don’t have a specific time planned to do them. They are you list of To Do’s that you need to review regularly and schedule them as soon as you can.
Once you have a specific time you plan to do an item, then schedule it and plan to do it at that time. You can use whatever method works for you to keep a calendar. Some people do better with a physical paper planner. Some people do well with an electronic version, either on the computer, or on a PDA or both. Use what ever system works best for you.
The key to Getting Things Done is sorting the items into the categories of Actionable or not Actionable, and then planning out the items. The ultimate key is to take action on those items you find are truly actionable and need to be done.
I hope these steps will help you achieve the success you’re looking for even faster.
Here’s to your success!
Jerry D Ross
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