Get Sh*t Done
Posted on October 24, 2012
I want a divorce
That’s right. I’ve been in a steady relationship with Busy for too many years. I am divorcing this jerkface right here and now.
Perhaps you can relate.
If you’re anything like me (and most of the uberly ambitious entrepreneurs I know), your life is seriously busy. Everyday is filled with endless tasks and meetings and events and things you wish you had time to do. There’s never enough time in the day to accomplish what you plan on getting done. You barely have time to read this email!
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Yep, that’s been my life for some time now. In fact, I walk around wearing being busy as if it’s a badge of honor. It’s a look-at-how-incredibly-important-and-amazing-I-am-because-I-have-so-much-to-do kind of crap.
So lame. So not how I want to roll.
For the last six weeks, I’ve been working one-on-one with my accountability partner. Like me, she is also a life coach and professional speaker who is working on growing her business exponentially. We meet every weekday morning for about 45 minutes to hold each other accountable to our priorities. We are making sure we are accomplishing THE RIGHT THINGS.
What are the right things? Well, these are our ACTUAL PRIORITIES. The things we HAVE to accomplish today in order to achieve our short- and long-term goals. Every time we meet, we report on what we did the day before and state, in no uncertain terms, precisely what we aim to accomplish for the rest of the day. Then we each make sure to point out when we are missing the mark on our priorities. We are honest. Sometimes brutally so.
And guess what…
We are getting serious shit done!
Working with a serious accountability partner has taught me that I spend far too much time running around on busy work. I’m doing the stuff that I feel I have to do before focusing on my own priorities…which in turn never get the attention they truly deserve.
Well, that nonsense ends now. I’m divorcing my busyness once and for all and getting hitched to my priorities.
I encourage you to do the same. Focus on your business priorities EVERYDAY! Become emotionally connected to them! See them as your babies – you’d never abandon your babies. Then take immaculate care of your babies! Set a bold, but realistic action plan for making progress on your priorities everyday and leave the busywork for later. Set yourself up for success – daily, weekly, monthly, and ultimately. Need more help? Get a follow-through partner to hold you accountable. Hire a coach to encourage you along the way. Figure out the support you need to ensure that you never stall again.
Okay. Enough surfing the blogosphere. Get back to your REAL work!