Have you ever forgotten to do something? Sure. Everyone has tags forgotten to do a task, chore or even pay a bill. It has happened to all of us at some point in our lives. Unfortunately this is the true culprit that holds us back from achieving our goals.
So how do we cure this issue? The simple answer is to adopt a strategy of “DO IT NOW”!
As you year this you probably think it means to drop what you are doing and do a different task. It sounds that way; however it is not that black and white.
The gray area here is how you use your “now”. This will make a difference in your efficiency towards yours goals. It will either be a speed bump to slow you down or a catapult to enhance your momentum.
Think about what your goal or task at hand is developing you towards. Is the new task so important or urgent that you have to stop what you are doing to take care of it? Is it something that can be completed later?
Picture you are working on a project. Then all the sudden you remember you need to pay a bill before tomorrow. At first you look at this and you have two choices.
Choice #1 – Stop doing what you are doing and pay the bill. This slows your momentum down on your project. It is similar to stopping a canoe. It takes more effort to get the boat moving than it does to keep it moving.
Choice #2 – Keep working on your project and pay the bill later tonight or first thing in the morning. This is the better answer; however a few things need to be assessed.
A) Is this a bill you can pay through an online or telephone automation system? This means you can do it at any point in your 24 hour day. If so, then doing it later is the best solution.
B) Is this a bill where you must show up in person or talk to someone? If so, then you may be confined to their hours and have to do it sooner than later.
Obviously if we plan a little further ahead we can easily take care of this and it won’t be a distraction. However sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.
The best scenario is we get to pay it later however we have a new issue. We might forget. In fact that might be the reason it hasn’t already been paid. This takes a simple task and makes it not just important; but also urgent!
So what is a better solution? How can we become faster and more efficient while also remembering to take care of more tasks?
The simple answer is to write it down. Run a planner or a journal where you can keep track of your ideas and thoughts. It takes less than 10 seconds to write down the task or thought and all you have to do is review it later.
This is a perfect “Do It Now” structure because it enables you to keep moving forward on your tasks at hand. It also allows your others tasks, thoughts and ideas to not fall through the cracks.
Now every strategy or technique has a down fall. This strategies “Kryptonite” is a lack of structure or discipline. If you write it down, the next pitfall is that you have to be sure and review it before you finish your day. This guarantees you some reflection about your day and a chance to finish up a task that you felt was not urgent at the time.
You see the “Do It Now” Strategy can mean do the task “now” or write it down “now” so you can do it later. All you have to do is follow up on it at the end of your day.
Try this and you will find yourself discovering the 25th hour in each day. You will find yourself accomplishing more and achieving your goals faster.
Guro Larry, Sonja, Lauren & Tori St. Clair
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
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