Get Things Done: Exploring the Dream Reality of Applied Efficiency

Buy Reflection of Alexander Nevsky CathedralThe other night I was startled out of my chair by an amazing clap of thunder from the recent storms rolling through our lovely Sonoma County, California Wine Country. The rain poured down, creating quick rivers through what I hope will still be my Bocce Court come spring.

The water found the easiest path, letting gravity do the hard work of finding a place to go.

Keep that in mind and consider this: Buy The Power of Focus: How to Hit Your Business, Personal, And Financial Targets With Absolute Certainty  by Jack Canfield

After staring at a piece of paper (that requires an action) for a few seconds I realize I am staring and I am jolted back to reality. Have you ever held a note over several piles for sorting and had a complete brain-freeze?

Why can’t getting those things done which move us closer to our dreams, be as simple as rain water, where we head in the direction of our goals and all our actions just flow toward it? I am a self-admitted busy work person. I don’t mind the piles on my desk. I know where to find things.

So what’s missing? Why am I not moving forward in my dreams?

A. Efficiency.
No one else knows what’s on my desk. Delegating is almost impossible . . . I can’t pass off what I can’t define or find. So how do you build efficiency into your life?

B. Schedule.
The new lesson I’m learning is to schedule it. I put it on the calendar and block out the time. If you need to, pretend its something REALLY important that can’t be moved no matter what. You’d be amazed how many emergencies are downgraded if interruption is not an option.

If I am attempting to manage my dream of 6 sources of income through successful product launches, then I better be ready to manage them efficiently – right?

For a quick shot in the arm boost of enthusiasm, I’ll let Jack Canfield in the following tell you his ideas on what daily actions we can do to move us forward in our dreams —

Jacks advice for planning our day –

  1. Upon rising, close your eyes and visualize your day.
  2. Visualize your bigger goals.
  3. Do affirmations – one for each goal.
  4. Place images around your home and office that represent your completed dream.
  5. Have better feeling thoughts – turn your negative thoughts into positive outcomes.
  6. Have an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for all you have each day.
  7. Take inspired action when it hits you.

As you begin to take action toward the fulfillment of your goals and dreams, you must realize that not every action will be perfect. Not every action will produce the desired result. Not every action will work. Making mistakes, getting it almost right, and experimenting to see what happens are all part of the process of eventually getting it right. – Jack Canfield

So are you going to have a productive week working on your dreams?  How do you successfully get things done?

Be sure to schedule them!

Thanks Jack!

~ Heather

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  • Kim, the traveler

    It’s hard to be efficient all the time, otherwise we’d be robots! But it’s a great goal to try to achieve at least most of the time.

  • Wendy

    This was a great post and got me to thinking. As an artist with two studios or three if you count my classroom where I teach, I have tons chaos and piles to sort daily. I am one of those people when cleaning have to constantly remind myself to stay and focus on one area.
    On a positive note this chaos and flexibility allows me freedom of creativity and I can teach a class of thirty 3rd graders with tissue paper and glue swirling around a room.
    It allows me to be fearless when taking on a new subject in art.
    Though on the business side that efficiency part is imperative. I need to schedule it in.

  • Danelle, the equestrian

    I love the “don’t confuse activity with progress”! And those “bright shiny objects” get in my way all the time!! Remy – I’d love to hear some of your other tools that you’ve given to clients. I was doing good putting off my FB and e-mail time until after I got something productive done but that has kind of faded away. Time to get back to it!

  • Catherine

    The sun is shining today, so time to think about walking too!!

  • Remy G

    one of my favorite phrases has always been “don’t confuse activity with progress” or something like that.
    I have had to sit for 10 minutes near the end of the day (4:00 EVERYDAY) and assess what i”ve done and what goes to tomorrow. I meet with myself every morning for 5 minutes and map out the day so that what Lisa describes above, and I call the relentless pursuit of bright shiny objects, stays minimal. Does it always work? No. But its better than 8 hours of brain freeze without ice cream being the cause. Cause who doesn’t like lce cream? I have some other tools that I’ve given my clients over the years I’d be happy to share them with you if you’d like. have a great productive day! Rem

  • Heather, I love this: “Why can’t it be as simple as rain water – I head in the direction of my goal and all my actions just flow toward it.”

    Love that as a way to live!

    And also am inspired by how you are looking at work-processes and flow, and what is getting in the way… Examining that for myself right now too. For example, when I start my day by checking email and/or Facebook, vs. diving into my prioritized list, time can melt away… and before I know it, hours have passed and I’m not further along on my important tasks. So, am looking to “schedule” that email/FB catch-up time vs. allowing it to seep into my day…

    Also know that my days work best when I start them with meditation, affirmations, intentions and a prioritized to-do list – and then go for it! Learning more about myself and what works best as I go… I think we *all* have our challenges and need to find our best more efficient working styles to truly be our most successful.

    Anyways thanks for an inspiring post, and you go girl!

    Hugs,
    Lis