Propose what you want to do...
Recently I wrote a blog outlining the three steps for getting things done and wanted to take some time exploring the steps a little deeper — what will make this even more fun is my friend Renée Cormier is writing a complementary series of blogs to help with the exploration (see her blog).
Propose what you want to do
The operative word in this step is “propose” and is important for two reasons. Firstly it’s a verb so it represents action and that’s what getting things done is all about, and secondly, the word represents what needs to be done:
pro·pose [prəˈpōz] VERB — put forward (an idea or plan) for consideration or discussion by others.
At the heart of this is the need to put forward an idea — you need to articulate and illustrate what you want to do. You need this to be done in a way that it’s easy to understand and speaks to how you will measure success with respect to your goal; It is also important to remember your proposal (idea or plan) needs to either solve a problem or take advantage of an opportunity. Proposing what you want to do needs to be as tangible as possible (in a figurative sense for sure, or better yet, literally — everyone likes to play with a prototype).
As part of my thought process (and before I started writing) I read Renée’s first blog and she had outlined five points for consideration:
Too much change is counter-productive.
Making a decision is still better than never making a decision.
Choosing to make the best of your circumstances is a great way to make sure you are successful.
Do what makes your heart sing.
Do what scares you a little
At first I couldn’t help but think these weren’t really points that help you get things done but rather considerations for establishing goals; that’s when I took a deep breath of recognition that I’d forgotten one of the most important steps regarding getting things done — establish your goals and objectives. In my own defence, I did bury the important of goals (and their alignment) as I expanded on the step, but Renée had reminded me that establishing goals and objectives should be the first step (it seems I didn’t really start at the beginning after all).
With some quick revisions, I am now suggesting there are four steps to getting things done —
✔ Establish your goals and objectives
✔ Propose what you want to do
Debate what you want to do and make a decision how to proceed
Execute on what you want to get done, and do it
I always appreciate Renée’s thinking and blogging — it has helped me develop my own thinking and ultimately some of the blogs I write. I am better for it. This is a nice segue into my next blog on step three don’t you think? I can’t wait to read what Renée has to say because I know it will be thought provoking.
*If you are not familiar with Quentin Tarantino, he is a great writer and director who seems to start many of his films in the middle of the story.
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