Getting It All Done: Priorities and Planning

I’m often asked how I’m able to do so many different things. (I’m actually also considering a memoir on the ideaphoric life, that might answer this question). The reality is that I waste time and have many unfinished projects. I can’t imagine how much more I’d be able to accomplish if I didn’t watch TV, nap, or waste time watching YouTube videos.

With that said, I am able to do many things in a variety of areas when I put my mind to it. My trick is to prioritize and plan. When there is something I really want to achieve, I research, plan, and put action to getting it done. However, it is impossible to do it “all,” so in my quest to meet certain goals or complete projects, other activities don’t get done. My house isn’t particularly clean, unless my husband cleans it. My laundry sits in the clean basket for days. We eat a lot of dinners that can be prepared quickly.

I don’t have more time or better time management. Instead, I make choices about what’s important to me. I don’t mind digging through the clean laundry to find socks instead of pulling them out of my dresser drawer, but I hate not making progress on my projects.

When I go to the eye doctor, one test is a series of two vision options. “Which is better 1 or 2?” “Which is better 3 or 4.” When it comes to achieving your goals, you need to make the same sorts of decisions.  It starts with what do you want to do and determining how bad do you want to do it? Which is better, 1 (folding the laundry) or 2 (working on project A).

The correct answer is the one that you can live with. When I’m at the eye doctor, the better option isn’t always that clear and the difference isn’t always discernible. The same can be true when trying to prioritize your activities. I have no problem not folding and putting away the laundry, but for someone else, it might be a difficult choice.

Further, when you’re working on a project or multiple projects, choosing which to focus can also be tough. Right now, I have six or seven projects, but I’m struggling to decide which to work on first. The problem with this situation is that in most cases, I end up not doing anything on any of them.  In that case, reviewing my endgame and time frame for each helps priorities. For example, projects that will make money the soonest leaps to the top of my entrepreneurial to-do list.

So, if I had to share my secret for getting things done, I’d say it is setting priorities, using them to plan, and then executing and sticking to the plan.