Do you have an “It” project that’s been lingering around on your “should Do” list for a couple of months or more? You know the one… it’s that project that you keep seeing on the periphery that just never seems to make it to the top of your “Must Do” list. Actually, it may even have a longer name. It could be that project you’ll handle when you get “Around To It.”
Whether you know it or not, that project is weighing you down. “It” could even be making it harder for you to accomplish your daily “Must Do’s.” Why put “It” off?
Here are some tips on getting “It” done:
1. Tell someone you are going to do “It.” ~ Accountability is king! Having someone hold your feet to the fire, or just asking you a gentle question might be all you need to get “It” moving.
If you want assistance with accountability we can help. Comment on this blog and let us know what “It” you want to accomplish by what time frame. We will send you periodic emails asking how you are doing on accomplishing “It.” We help our network of consultants and coaches in this way all the time!
2. Give “It” your best time frame. ~ Estimate the number of hours you truly believe you have to dedicate in order to get “It” out of your way. Then evaluate your optimum time of day. Are you an early riser or a night owl? Do you do your best work in the middle of the night or the heat of the day? Maybe try switching it up. If you have been saving “It” for your prime time and it’s not happened yet, why not allocate some off hours?
3. Be prepared to give “It” a rest. ~ You have probably been putting “It” off because “It’s” a bear of a project. Make sure you build in some break time. And not just some “put my feet up and watch the weather” break time. Studies show brief periods of exercise such as a brisk walk can really help you jump back into “It” with gusto.
4. Make “It” a challenge. ~ It’s already challenging, of course, or you would have accomplished it months ago, but there’s nothing like a healthy bet with yourself to keep you motivated. If you estimate it will take you a full 12 hours to complete “It”, assign a goal-bust time. Have a race with yourself to complete it in 11 hours.
5. “It” deserves a prize. ~ Be sure to give yourself a reward for a job well done. It could be something simple like having your favorite decadent treat for dinner instead of waiting for dessert, or treating your car (and yourself) to the premium detail package next time it’s due for a wash, or allowing yourself an hour of relaxation in the middle of the day.
Whatever “It” is… you’ll be glad to get “It” out of your way so you can reap the business benefits.
Dr Surya M Ganduri, PhD. PMP. is the Founder & President of eMBC, Inc., an international firm specializing in strategic and executive leadership development processes that Help People Succeed in an Evolving World. Dr Surya has over 28 years of business experience in management consulting, leadership development, executive coaching, process improvements, organizational development and youth leadership. For more information visit www.eMBCinc.com or contact eMBC, Inc., directly at (630) 445-1321.