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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).

I thought I’d start with the first step in the process of getting things done, because unlike a Quentin Tarantino* film, it is important to start at the beginning:
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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Graham🐝 Edwards

2 years ago #9

Thanks Jim Murray Hope all is well !

Graham🐝 Edwards

2 years ago #8

I love Yoda and you insist are greatly appreciated Jerry Fletcher Thx !! Sadly I can be so "linear"...

Graham🐝 Edwards

2 years ago #7

Way behind on my responses Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier your next post was great !

Graham🐝 Edwards

2 years ago #6

Great advice Lyon Brave... it's amazing how quickly the steps add up !

Jim Murray

2 years ago #5

Makes sense to me. Good post.

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #4

Graham, there is a difference in how people think in my view. For some, starting in the middle is the only way to get to the beginning or the end. One of the most powerful methods of storytelling is literally not using a time-based narrative. Graphic artists use this technique all the time. They can see something in their mind's eye that when expressed is modified and finalized in the moment. School teachers are forever telling you to outline and then expand your points. The writing they generate is not creative. Work your formula if you must but In the words of Yoda, "Do, or do not. There is no try." And so it goes

Renée 🐝 Cormier

2 years ago #3

I am humbled and honoured by your comments, Graham\ud83d\udc1d Edwards. You are a good friend. You also cause me to think differently and to stretch into new territory. My thinking is that once you establish a goal, then you'd better start planning your attack. Stay tuned for my next blog post. :)

Lyon Brave

2 years ago #2

take steps everyday

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