Often I am asked, “Can a person really get it all done?” Well, my reply is simply, YES. But let me define “Getting It All Done”. Getting it all done is doing what really needs to be done to get the results that you want. It’s eliminating procrastination and taking action to complete tasks that produce results. The following steps will provide tips on how you can get it all done effortlessly.

Brainstorming Planning Session
Make an appointment with yourself to have a brainstorming planning session. Sit in a quiet space and think about everything that you want to accomplish. What are your short & long term goals? Don’t allow any negative thoughts to interrupt this session, for example “I will never have time to write a book” only concentrate on what you want in your business (A best selling book!) and not what you don’t want. This is an opportunity to dream so dream big.

Write It Down
Take it out of your head and put it on paper. Writing down your goals makes them real as oppose to dreaming about doing them sometime in the future. Written goals are specific and concrete and it allows you to create steps to reaching your goals.
Your written goals should be placed where you can see them consistently. Post them on the wall in your office or working space, planner, on the refrigerator, in your wallet or in your journal, do not put them in a drawer or a rarely used notebook where they will be forgotten. Seeing your written goals will serve as a reminder to your commitment to attain your goals.

Set Realistic Measurable Goals
Setting realistic attainable goals that are measurable is an important key to getting things done. If you set goals that are unrealistic and are impossible to accomplish within an allotted time frame, you will be setting yourself up for failure which will lead to disappointment and a lack of motivation to conquer any goals. Goals must be measurable so you will know how much you have accomplished or need to accomplish to achieve your goals. For example, you set a goal of getting new clients this year; if getting new clients is your goal for the next 12 months and you get one or two new clients, I guess you’ve met your goal for the year; but would you be happy with the results? Probably Not! However setting a measurable goal to get three new clients per week for twelve months will allow you to track your progress and allocate tasks to reach your desired outcome.

Take Action Consistently
You’ve decided what you want to accomplish, your goals are specific, realistic, measurable and written down, What’s Next? You must now take action, consistently. First list all the tasks required to get to your desired out come.

Example: 3 New Clients Weekly
1. Identify 5 offline networking groups; Join &
attend meetings
2. Start Pay Per Click Ad Campaign
3. Research Target Market
4. Write 3 New Articles Weekly
5. Prepare An Elevator Speech For Networking Events

Once you list all tasks to reach your goal, block time on your schedule to begin tasks. Start today with one task and continue to complete all tasks consistently even if you do not see immediate results. Your desired results will begin to take form with consistent, persistent action. Consistent action becomes habit and it will become a part of your routine effortlessly.

Visualize The Desired Outcome Daily
Take a few minutes daily to visualize the desired outcome of your goal. Create a mental picture of what emotions you will experience once your goal is met. If your goal is earn a six figure income this year, visualize your bank account statement
displaying $100,000.00 profit. What does it feel like? Hold on to that great feeling and live in expectancy for your desired outcome. Your mental pictures will one day become your reality and you will be prepared for its arrival.

Celebrate Your Efforts
You don’t have to wait until you get 3 new clients weekly to celebrate your success. Celebrate the completion of daily tasks. If you attend a networking event and met someone that may become a referral source or would like to know more about your business one on one, celebrate. Any tasks completed, self-discipline exercised or time taken to visualize your desired outcome will bring you closer to your goals than you were the day before so celebrate.

Start Over If You Get Off Track
If you get off track (hey, we all do), do not use this as an excuse to stop pursuing your goals. Forgive yourself, determine what caused you to derail, improve the circumstances and start over again. Don’t become paralyzed with past mistakes,
or lack of self-discipline, just keep moving. Each day is a new day to work towards your goals and get closer to achieving your dreams, so don’t let one day pass without taking full advantage of the opportunity to become better than the day before.

To ensure that you get it all done and stay on track, solicit a friend that will hold you accountable or hire a coach, a time management strategist that will hold you accountable, share your vision, remain honest and celebrate your success!

© 2008 Bridgette Boudreaux

Author's Bio: 

Bridgette Boudreaux is a business coach & time management strategist to female small biz owners & independent professionals. Get a copy of her FREE report, "39 Quick & Simple Time Saving Tips" at www.yourtime2soar.com