How to Get Sh*t Done!
Most of us have lofty dreams when we start a new year, but those dreams often tend to stay pie-in-the-sky high without a solid plan for how to get there. I combed the internet and found a bunch of great resources to help you plan out your year, your months, your weeks, and your days, in order for this to be your best year yet. I want you to feel in control of your days, with the security that comes from knowing you’re taking the right steps daily to reach your goals by the end of the year, so I’m sharing a list of systems that various inspiring people use to manage their years and their work days, as well as my own system for getting sh*t done!
“Remember that history’s most legendary figures — from Beethoven to Beyonce — had just as little (or just as much) time as you have.” Some fun facts about how legendary artists spent their days. I felt pretty accomplished after comparing myself to people who spent the majority of their day strolling and visiting taverns!
Author Paul Carrick Brunson shares 20 habits for success that he learned from working for Oprah Winfrey. This was one of my favorite articles, and the habit I particularly loved was “Don’t Go At It Alone: Nothing great in life is achieved alone. Especially in business, success isn’t a solo act. This character trait is akin to surrounding yourself with better people. It takes teamwork to make the dream work.”
For inspiration on how to set up your day-to-day schedule, check out the six things the most productive people do every day.
For myself, I start the year by making big picture plans, keeping only three main goals in mind. From there, I think about what portion of those goals will need to be accomplished in the first part of the year. I divide my years into threes, partially based on a traditional school year, partially based on the television auditioning/shooting schedule in Los Angeles. So, right now, my goals only need to extend from January through May, which makes it more manageable to see the end in sight, and clearer to see what needs to be accomplished before summer.
The Management Tools I Use:
My schedule is complicated. My weekly childcare schedule involves four other people, so every week I write everything out in a Pages document, hour by hour depending on who has to be where when, and who is driving which car during those time periods. I add in all my own necessary appointments, and then translate everything into iCal. It takes at least an hour, (which means I typically have to schedule fun things like lunches with friends at least two weeks ahead of time), and it leaves little room for spontanaeity, but using this method ensures that I get everything on my to-do list taken care of and everyone arrives where they need to be.
This is where I collaborate with my business partners and keep notebooks of general ideas and bits of information I want to remember. No more post-it notes stuck all over my office, thank you very much! The best thing about this program is that it is collaborative, so you can share your notebooks with whomever you want, and collect information there together. They also wrote a great article about how to use Evernote to help break down your 2015 goals!
Some people swear by Google Cal, but for me this is the simplest system because of the ease of accessing it on my iPhone. I have eight different color coded categories that I use, (Kids, Home, Health, Meeting, Website, Acting, Event, Childcare), so I can tell at a quick glance what’s coming up in any given day or week.
Please share with me some of the tricks and tips that YOU use to keep yourself on track and keep your schedule organized!