You’re probably making a list.
A list of all the things you need to do. In other words a to-do list.
How do you feel when you look at your list? Does it motivate you to take action? Or does it make you want to run away and hunt for something else to do?
If it’s the later, it’s probably because your to-do list is giving you painful images of things that need to be completed.
Most probably your to-do list looks like this:
- File Taxes
- Annual Health checkup
- Clean & Update Filing Cabinet
- Train New Staff
- Root canal for tooth
Even if it’s not your list, just looking at it is painful. It makes you want to hide from the realities of life, and look at what your friends are doing on Facebook.
But imagine rephrasing the same list to read like this:
- – Submit Taxes on time to maintain a clean record with the Income Tax department
- – Complete my Annual Health checkup to reach optimal health
- – Make Space in Filing Cabinet to find & file things easier
- – Train New Staff to free up my time for important work
- – Complete treatment for root canal to have clean & healthy teeth
Isn’t this so much better? All I did was include the positive outcomes (rewards) each to-do would bless you with.
Creating a list of your Desired Outcomes (or Projects) will definitely make you feel more motivated to take action… but you still may find yourself procrastinating.
To overcome this, you need to identify the very next physical, visible thing you have to do to move forward on your desired outcome.
Here’s what that may look like:
|Call Accountant to follow up on filing taxes||Submit Taxes on time to maintain a clean record with the Income Tax department|
|Visit Apollo hospital 15th June for health checkup||Complete my Annual Health checkup to maintain optimal health|
|Identify documents that need to be trashed||Make Space & Update Filing Cabinet to find things easier|
|Update Job description document of new Staff||Train New Staff to free up my time for imp work|
|Call Dentist to book an appointment||Complete dental treatment to have clean & healthy teeth|
One of the reasons why people procrastinate is because they’ve not identified the very next action they need to take to go one step closer to that reward that’s so tempting. Projects generally encompass several next actions. But you only need to do ONE to get started. And that isn’t overwhelming! Is it?
Identifying Next Actions & Desired Outcomes is the heart of the GTD® process.
It may sound simplistic, but applying these two questions in conjunction is a game changer that answers the question ‘How to create action worthy lists’ and takes your productivity through the roof.
Hi! I’m a Master Trainer in Getting Things Done (GTD) and a Holacracy Coach. I believe our work should be an expression of our most creative selves. I work with business owners and their teams to achieve stress-free productivity.