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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Assign a "When" to Each "What" to Get More Done

I have yet to find a calendar that includes a "someday" on it; yes, every calendar has Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc, but there simply isn't a "someday" to be found. Therefore, when we talk about getting around to doing something during that magical time of "someday", it is much more likely to be a dream than a goal. Dreaming is certainly necessary to envision our aspirations and push us to think greater; however, a goal is result-oriented, where there is an achievement toward which effort is directed. Goals are more finite and, often, fine-tuned to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.

It is my emphasis that you achieve your desired results, which involves a focus on goals. Therefore, it is vital to remember this... Every "what" assigned a "when" is more likely to get done. What that means is that we should no longer talk about our to-do items in general terms.

When you have a task to do, make sure it has a deadline and, then, find specific time on your calendar during which the action can be completed. Perhaps you need to break the task into smaller components and find shorter intervals during which those tidbits can get done. Regardless, the takeaway is that you will have more wins if each action item has time assigned in your schedule for its completion.

Do you currently assign deadlines and schedule time for the completion of each action item on your to-do list? If not, are items sliding from one day to the next without getting done? Can you take time today to make sure each "what" is assigned a "when" for moving from to-do to done?

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