Business Random Thoughts

Getting things done and actually getting things done

There’s a difference seems subtle if you read it somewhere or hear it from someone. In reality, the gap is more like heaven and hell! And that’s simply because talk is cheap.

You know I’ve addressed this before but it’s worth repeating — all that talking isn’t going to get anything done. Doing it would. But then most people get stuck at getting started let alone get moving to get stuff done.

Surprisingly, that’s exactly what most productivity gurus and systems don’t address. The exact process to get unstuck, stop procrastinating and start making progress. Why? Because there’s no money in it. Imagine what would happen if everyone becomes so much more productive overnight. It’ll be terrible! What would happen to those gurus selling books, ebooks, courses, workshops, seminars and corporate summits for thousands of dollars teaching you how to become productive over and over again? Honestly, I don’t want to think about it… (or perhaps I’ll do it later! :-P)

In my opinion, the key to getting things done is to eliminate procrastination from your life. It’s that simple. Just that if your human eliminating procrastination isn’t quite doable. At least not yet. But there’s something you can do to channelize that urge to procrastinate — find your why. The burning reason why you want to do what you think and feel you want to do. do.

Write it down. Read it out aloud. Believe me, this simple exercise not only grounds you to your true purpose but also exposes your true desire. What happens next is just amazing! You finally get to see the big picture and that to-do list of your shrinks as you begin to eliminate the unnecessary tasks and projects off the list, focusing purely on the ones that fuel you.

I know you’re thinking, “Sunil, if this was this simple and that effective, why the heck aren’t people doing this already?” That’s a great one, mate, but let me tell you what happens — they procrastinate. Because this sounds like yet another major tasks they need to get done.

I don’t blame them. I felt the same way until I created another column in my to-do list that asked “why do I want to do this?” That forced me to answer it because it’s part of the process that I follow and one that I cannot ignore at any cost. My productivity’s at stake after all.

Of course, this may not work for you. It sure didn’t for a few people I suggested because they thought it’ll help them get things done when in reality they had to make the effort to get things done.

It’s not about the tools, tactics or even time. It’s about the intent and purpose. Just like all the most important things in life.

I wish this was much simpler to explain.