How to start getting things done

Sometimes we have a big goal, but we just keep putting it off. We get so bogged down in the daily tasks we never get around to the big, possibly life-changing project.

Here are my three top tips, the three steps you have to take to finally take it on and achieve it.


Firstly, you have to make a commitment to yourself. Ask yourself—where will you be in a year, two years, five years, if you don’t do this now? Still, waiting to do it? In the same situation, you’re in now? Or in a worse place?

As well as making your own internal commitment, it helps if you make an external one. You can announce it on social media which you’ll then be forced to live up to. Another idea is to find an accountability partner—someone who is working on a similar goal, or even something very different, where you can check in with each other on progress and cheer each other on. You can also write down your goal and stick it up somewhere you can see it constantly.

As Napoleon Hill said:

‘The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help.’



Big changes take a lot of time, energy, and space. Book time in your diary. Make sure you commit to giving yourself the time you need.

You could set aside a week to work on nothing but your project. Or an hour each morning. Or every Monday afternoon. Only you can tell what will suit you, your lifestyle, and the project. But make sure you allocate the time needed and then guard it with your life.

Clear the decks

Remove any other distractions for the time you’ve set aside. Turn your phone off, put it out of reach. Only read and respond to emails at allocated times. If you’re doing a daily or weekly session, you can deal with any messages once you’ve stopped. If you’re doing all day or all week, then allocate a short period of time at the beginning or end of the day to clear your inbox.

Jumping from one thing to another uses too much mental energy. Give yourself uninterrupted focussed time.

If you’re working full days, then give yourself regular breaks to get some fresh air and allow yourself time to breathe. Finally, just remember to enjoy it. This is your opportunity to create lasting change, move forward with your dreams.

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