There are three ways of working:
😫 Working in chaos.
🙂 Getting shit done.
😁 Getting the results you need to hit your goals faster, better, cheaper.
When you work in chaos or you just try to get shit done, it’s easy to think:
start work -> to get results -> so I can meet my goals.
But this is backwards.
If you just start working, you’ll get results, sure. But your results won’t align with your goals. You’ll run into unanticipated problems. Worst of all, you won’t have a sense of direction making you susceptible to distraction and leading to unfocused effort.
In other words, you’ll work hard all day and get nothing done.
If you do meet your goals, it will be by chance, won’t be at the quality level you originally envisioned, and you’ll have to ask, “now what?”
Know this though.
If you fall in either of these two camps, it’s not your fault. Organization, planning, and productivity aren’t classes you’ll find in high-school. Colleges don’t even teach this.
It takes a lot of self-study, months of practice, or learning from someone who already knows how to do it.
Once you’ve learned, you’ll never be able to “unsee” the method. You’ll forever fall in camp three.
In camp three, you think:
List major goals -> in a dashboard -> so I can create milestones -> which turn into tasks -> that get scheduled -> so I can work -> measure the results -> and celebrate when I’m done.
Do you see the difference?
Putting your major goals in a project dashboard gets it out of your head.
Turning each project into milestones helps you think through what needs to be achieved (and by when) to hit your goal.
Milestones turn into actionable tasks; actions to finish to call your milestone complete.
Tasks get scheduled. You make time to work on them.
NOW you know what to work on. NOW you have it scheduled so you aren’t distracted. NOW you see how to move from here to success. NOW (not before) is when you get to work.
Once you’re working, you must measure your results. “What gets measured gets done.”
Finally, don’t finish and start working on the next milestone. Take time to celebrate! Small victories need to be rewarded.
Rinse and repeat.
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