How to … get Your ‘BIG’ Important stuff done

 

Procrastination.

Excuses.

If neither of these existed, life would be like living on “easy street”.

Stuff would always get done. Truckloads of it.

But that’s not the case fellow Life Lover, is it?

You have Procrastination issues and some of your Excuses, well, they are good ones I’ll give you that.

So Prioritise your “list”.

If you must procrastinate and are prone to excusing yourself from the ‘narky’ things , then work out [of all the things that you need to do] what you must do.[Your “list”].

These will be absolutes. They will be ‘ no mistake this is really important type stuff ‘. They will be time sensitive. Meaning, that you must find the time to do them.

If you prefer to Procrastinate, do it on “the other stuff” . But spend your important time  doing your “List”. How to get your BIG stuff done Blog post

You might have guessed that this post is not about stopping you from Procrastinating. It’s not even about all the excuses that you give. I’ve written about them before.

This post is about showing you how to set yourself up to do the important stuff.

When you clear the decks and identify what is important, what is time sensitive then it becomes easier to do them.

But hang on, it’s not quite that simple though.

You still have to take the action to do them. Remember the procrastinating thing and remember your excuses? You are pretty good at both, right?

It will come down to what is important to me/what does this mean for me?”

I will assume [this can be a dangerous maneuvre at times] that You do have important things in your life to do and that you want to do in the future.

So, before you set out on your quest to ” get your Big stuff done”, spend time on identifying your priorities.

What are they and what  meaning  do they have for you. If they mean enough, then begin the process that will ensure that you get them done.

Life things. Important things like family, friends, career, finances, dreams, goals may be some good examples.

These will be ‘Your Big’ things, so identify those that You want to apply to You.

Is this important enough or Big enough for You?

What’s holding You back then?

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** This post was refreshed September 9 2015

 

 

Be good to yourself

David

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  • Melissa January 24, 2014, 3:13 pm

    Great post David! I love the question you said to ask yourself in the video,”What will happen if I don’t do this?” I think that will be very helpful.

    I have a friend that always has a come back for every suggestion I throw at her for her issues. Her answer is almost always “well the problem with THAT is…” and then there is another excuse. She finds herself stuck from moving forward constantly. It can be very frustrating to me, as I’m a let’s get ‘er done type person. What way would you handle that always having an excuse?

    Thanks David!

    Reply
    • David Stevens January 24, 2014, 9:32 pm

      Hi Melissa,
      Excuses become habitual. In many cases you don’t actually realise that you are giving an excuse … it just flows off the tongue. If someone is content to stay in their same spot, that’s their choice.
      To move on ‘from that spot’ the excuse habit has to be broken. A series of questions & conversation may be needed.
      Be good to yourself and thank you for you comment & support

      Reply
  • Stuart Young January 24, 2014, 7:52 pm

    Excuses become reasons – brilliant. That is so true, what a simple observation but so powerful when we honestly apply it to our daily lives. Thanks David. 🙂

    Reply
    • David Stevens January 24, 2014, 8:33 pm

      My pleasure Stu,
      Often the simple observations are all that are needed. Appreciate your support.
      Be good to yourself

      Reply
  • Hiten January 27, 2014, 7:00 pm

    Hi David,

    Really great post, my friend. The point you made about those important life things being time sensitive really are just that. We avoid and we find excuses, unconscously believing that we can do it another time. However, time doesn’t stop. Therefore, our choice is either regret in the future or get our skates on and take action now.

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • David Stevens January 27, 2014, 10:06 pm

      Absolutely Hiten, very well put

      Be good to yourself

      Reply
  • Victor January 27, 2014, 7:09 pm

    David,

    Great point. Sometimes it’s the fun and easy things that aren’t the important things. I feel that when I don’t take care of the big important items that have heavy consequences and carry large value, I look back on my day wondering where it all went! Thanks for this great reminder.

    Reply
    • David Stevens January 27, 2014, 10:05 pm

      My pleasure Victor and thanks for being here with your generous comment.
      It’s the really important things that give you the greatest satisfaction.
      Be good to yourself

      Reply
  • Karen Jolly January 27, 2014, 11:26 pm

    Hi David,

    I really resonated with “what meaning do they have for you” when it comes to figuring out what the priorities are on the list. Without really thinking through how much something means to you and why it means so much…it becomes very easy to keep pushing it to the bottom of the list. Like writing for me sometimes goes to the bottom of my list until I stop and ask myself what I am sacrificing by not doing it…when I think of what it means to me to write, then I know it has to be moved back up to the top of the list!

    Thank you!
    Karen

    Reply
    • David Stevens January 30, 2014, 10:48 pm

      Hi Karen,
      It IS about priorities, isn’t it? Meaning is a powerful feeling and a powerful go forward.
      Thanks for being here.
      Be good to yourself

      Reply