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9 Ways to Get It DONE!

Do you put things off that you shouldn't? Try these practices, and finish your tasks!

How often have you asked yourself what’s stopping you from completing a task? 

I've asked myself this question, or variations, on an ongoing basis. For those of 

you who want a solution and like lists, I'll share the Top Nine Solutions I've come 

up with. I suggest you try at least one as soon as you finish reading this.

     1) Note the evening before, or first thing in the morning, your top

priorities for the upcoming day. You can use a color-coding system if that 

appeals to you--a pink highlighter for calls, blue for things you do at your

office, yellow for away from home errands, orange for computer tasks, and 

green for personal fun and fulfillment. Keep a calendar to mark appointments 

and to include tasks that need to be done that day or week or month.

     2) Use an organizing system. Every time you make a contact or take an 

action that you need to remember, note the name and content in the system. 

If you don't have an organizing system that works, look in an office supply store 

and pick one that suits you. Feel free to tweak it as often as you feel the need to.

     3) Work with a buddy. When two of you are both committed to a task's 

completion, it's much more likely to happen. Check in with each other two to 

three times a week. "Did you go to the gym? When will you? Would you like a 

call that morning?" The other might ask, "Did you place the personal ad? Do 

you have it written? Would you like to brainstorm the contents? Will you send 

it in by Friday?" That way, you both celebrate the small and the big wins.         

     You can also offer to pay a friend $50 if you don’t clear your storage space by 

the end of two months after you've moved. (I did, and it worked!)  Without the 

$50 deal (or $10 or $100) for YOUR goal, you might still be putting it off.

     4) Put a rubber band on your wrist. Whenever you notice yourself 

getting off track, give it a tiny snap, real or pretend. It's a tactile reminder that 

you’ve chosen to stay focused. Because a rubber band is "out of place" there, 

when you look down, it's a gentle reminder to stay on track. 

     5) Put five or 10 dry beans or pebbles in your left pocket. Each time you 

observe yourself taking a step in the right direction, transfer one to the right 

pocket. Keeping track of how many beans are in your right pocket each night 

can be both satisfying and motivating.

      6) Reward yourself for completed projects with a long hot bath, reading,

a bouquet of flowers, a game of golf or a dinner out— whatever you’ll look 

forward to when the task is finished. Enjoy the reward that day, or share it with

someone special another day.

      7) Build in breaks. If you resist getting started, remind yourself it's only for 

an hour, or whatever time you choose. Then you can have a healthy snack, take a 

walk, watch a show or do your thing for 15 minutes or longer.

     8) Do the thing you’ve been putting off or tolerating first—the first

30 minutes each day, or the first day of each week or month. Make it a habit,

like bed at 10 or a 7:00 am shower.

     9) On a chart, mark each specific action or each 30-minute period of time 

spent towards the project's completion. It's a very visible reminder that you are 

making progress. One form I recommend is the Personal Empowerment 

Game with 12 lines for goals and a column for each day. It's at 

http://www.orgcoach.net/newsletter/peg.html.

     OK, which of these are you going to start with? Now, visualize the goal 

completed. KNOW you can do it!  I'm offering a free 30-minute coaching

session to any of you who have taken at least a first step toward your goal.

I'd love to fill my calendar making a difference in your lives.

Moreah Vestan is a Life Coach (www.communicationcoaching.net), an author

(excerpts at www.pleasuresandponderings.com) and a workshop leader of 

"Getting Better at Getting Along" and "Dealing with Difficult Conversations."

She'd love to talk to you at 206-300-1657 or by email--moreahv@gmail.com.

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