The 4 D’s Of Getting Things Done And Feeling Better About Yourself Whatever The Outcome
This simple, 4 step process will help you stay on top of things and feel better about yourself what ever the outcome.
Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by endless to do lists and a tray full of things to sort out? If the answer to this question is, yes, join the club! Most of us have been there!
I want to give you a quick 4-step process to help you get more organised and, more importantly, feel better about yourself whatever the outcome.
The process has evolved from the combination of things I’ve learned over the years and the many books. For instance, Life Leverage by Rob Moore and Getting Things Done by renowned expert and bestselling author David Allen.
David Allen’s book is great, well I say great, but I haven’t actually read it! I’ve read bits and pieces and I think it will be a dipper rather than a page turner. It will, however, look great on my bookshelf and people will think that I must be super organised!
My advice to David is, if you write in the book aimed at people who are overwhelmed and can’t get things done, there is no point in writing a 300 page, small print book, with no photos because no one will ever finish let alone someone who is disorganised! How will they ever get round to it? Your book will end up in that pile of unread books and things to do and cause them more stress!
Before I start, over the years I have observed hundreds of people, many of whom I have employed in my businesses, and I have come to the conclusion that there are two types:
- Organised tidy desk person (OTDP)
- Disorganised messy desk person (DMDP)
Sorry to disappoint you, but that’s the way it is.
Incidentally, I have a messy desk. I really do envy those OTDPs who can breeze into work on time and looking fresh and just eat admin, get everything done and then leave the office with a completely tidy desk, other than a photo of their loved one and their favourite personally washed clean mug! Bang on leaving time, they smile and wave goodbye to everyone, pick up their gym bag and walk out of the office knowing they have finished the jobs they set out to finish and some more.
Invariably, I have found that if you want to employ someone in an admin or an office based role you better make sure they are an OTDP.
When it comes to getting things done, how do you feel about things matters more than you imagine.
If you are already stressed about a task or hate doing that task, the chances of you getting on with it are slim. Invariably, you will leave until the eleventh hour and do it badly or miss the deadline altogether.
There must be a better way of going through life than being stressed all the time – becasue there will ALWAYS be things to do, problems, grass growing under your feet and so on.
Have you read the book, 1000 places to see before you die? How on earth can you say 1000 places all over the world? It might well be called 1000 places you probably won’t see before you die, so get over it! I started reading that book a few years ago and at first it was great. There I was, highlighting the places I had already seen and would be visiting in the near future. But then it started to become a little overwhelming. How was I going to get to all of these countries in the time I had available? Even if 5 years off and went backpacking around the world I never get to all the places. Most people only have one or two main holidays a year where they travel abroad, so that’s about 80 places you might get to in a forty year working life!
Back to getting things done and feeling good regardless. Here are my 4 Ds:
- Do it
- Delegate it
- Defer it
- Ditch it
go to step two
first three steps before you start throwing everything away!