People are often asking me how I get so much stuff done.
Like writing a book whilst working full time and building my coaching business.
Or, working part time and creating new courses and offers, being published in magazines, whilst doing home renovations, and creating celebration cakes.
Or, some other task that seems perfectly normal to me, but has someone else wondering if I ever sleep!
(And what they weren’t seeing were the countless projects and ideas that were/are lying in various stages of partial completion!)
Well first of all, yes I do sleep. In fact, sleep is one of my favourite things so I am not one of these people who stays up til 3am, or gets up at 5am.
I work school hours (and sometimes a few extra hours here and there) and I don’t have any super powers sadly.
My secret? Sprints and Lists
The ‘magic’ comes from focus and planning (and I don’t even consider myself particularly good at either!)
Let me tell you about sprinting, and certainly NOT the running kind.
Sprinting is setting goals that you focus on for a short or defined period of time. They are planned and require action. It’s not sexy but like most things that work for me, they are simple and they work.
Let me digress for a moment to explain why they work.
As an entrepreneur my life is full of paradox – dream big, but get the details right. Put yourself forward, but protect your introvert status. Keep striving, but relax and look after yourself first.
See? Paradox after paradox.
As humans we are not really designed to make grand changes – it triggers our fight, flight or freeze mechanism. It’s not safe to stand out and instinctively we need to fight that, or at least understand it in order to make changes and get things done.
The way to fly under the radar of this instinct is to plan. To plan in detail.
Why planning works?
Let me tell you, when I first learned this, I resisted BIG TIME! I remember my mentor Natalie MacNeil telling me, ‘You need to plan every last detail before you begin’.
No way! That was going to crush my free spirit, my creativity, my freedom of working for myself. And besides, by the time I had planned the list of actions, couldn’t I have done half the work anyway?
“Nope, write the list, do the planning. And if you are not willing to, hire someone to write the list for you.”
So I took Natalie’s advice, and I started writing ridiculously granular lists. And you know what? It was THAT that made the difference.
It was THAT that took me from being a ‘chronic unfinisher’ to getting projects complete.
And it was also THAT that helped me to see that all of those things that well meaning friends and family have been telling me I am so ‘brave’ to do over the years, have really just been processes that I have completed step by step like the sprints I do in my life and business now.
What are your planning processes? If you need help with getting stuff done then contact me for an initial session.