How to Get Sh*t Done
How to get your shit together in 2019. That was the name of a General Assembly talk I went to at the beginning of the year with two of the leading ladies in my life - Meg Hall and Sophie Tuahene (you’re likely to hear and see more about them in blog posts to come...)
The talk was mostly geared towards helping you set goals for your career. It was fairly basic content like thinking about your BIG CAREER DREAM, and what you should do to get to your BIG CAREER DREAM.
The interesting part for me was how they helped you to build a plan of action that made sure you actually did something to help you reach your BIG CAREER DREAM (I’ll stop that).
Now, my career dreams are fairly basic. Get promoted to CEO within the next 6 months, rule adland for another 18 months, then happily retire to Chaaya Island in the Maldives by 2020. But I’m hardly about to give away my game plan for getting there on my blog. So, I’ve decided to take their tips and use it on the 4 goals I set myself at the beginning of this year.
(If you have no idea what I’m talking about then read my last blog post “My 2019 To-Do List”, and then come back)
Since my goals are quite broad, I thought pulling together this plan to give me some direction and help me to get started. There are four steps to the technique:
Make a list of what your goals are
Next to that, write why you want to accomplish them
And next to that, think of some things you could do to help you reach your goals
HOW (in 24hours)
For the final step, think of one thing you could do in the next 24 hours to get started
So by the end of it, you should have something that looks like this:
Now, I realise that this is not a ground-breaking WOW I CAN’T BELIEVE IT plan, but, I think the simplicity of it is what makes it so solid.
The “whats” and the “whys” are always easy to talk about. But from past experience, not knowing or deciding how I’m going to do something is where a lot of my ideas have fallen flat. Or, sometimes the “how” becomes a great long list of monumental actions that I never quite feel ready to take, so never do. That’s why I think the final step of this plan is so smart. It’s a reminder that even the smallest of steps can still get you to where you want to be (being 5”3 I can vouch for that) and that once you’ve made one tiny move, it’s easier to stay motivated and keep on going.
So… what do your next 24 hours looks like?