Over the past few years I’m not entirely sure how many networking events I have attended, but it’s certainly more than 100.

I’ve not been involved in many ‘speed networking’ events, but whilst attending a fairly informal business event last night (on a Friday night) there was a short speed networking section, which was a lot of fun and I got to meet a lot of new people.

However, over the course of 30 minutes or so I was asked “what do you do?” as the very first question to open our conversation 5 or 6 times.

I’m not sure what your experience is, but I think it is the worst question to start a new conversation with. There’s no doubt that it will come up in conversation eventually, but it’s a terrible first question. Here’s why:

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Not the ‘S’ word again…!

The title of this blog probably irked you. You might be thinking ”what does Chris know about success?”, “Who is he to define success?”

The good news is, I’m not going to tell you how to become successful, because I can’t, and it’s none of my business.

The problem with success

The problem with success ( and I think we have to be completely honest with ourselves here and admit it) is that we mostly define what our own success should look like by what other people think and expect of us.

This could be our parents, our spouse, our children, our friends, our enemies, and in business, our competition.

Even more so it’s defined by ridiculous inc.com and entrepreneur.com articles that manage to break down success into a ‘h andy’ list for us to follow. We read these articles and maybe we feel motivated for a short time, but they just paint a false impression of what success is all about.

We are obsessed by what other people think

I think we need to give more thought, feeling and effort into why we are doing what we do, and define success for ourselves (also, what’s our obsession with trying to define everything?!).

Or maybe find a completely different word for success.

Success for most people is determined by:

  • The house you live in
  • The car you drive
  • The clothes you wear
  • How much money you have in the bank
  • The friends you have
  • The watch you wear

This is just stuff. It means nothing in the long term if you aren’t truly happy.

I have a few friends that now realise this, and they have taught me a lot about what matters the most. Living a good life, feeling good about yourself, loving your family and friends, etc.

Some learned this the hard way, and sometimes that’s what it takes to break the mould. But they’ve come out the other end stronger and wiser, and I hope I can continue to learn from them.

The more I think about ‘success’ I realise that it’s all based around judgement, vanity and perception, and it becomes a dumb ‘willy waving’ competition.

Nothing frustrates and annoys me more than listening to people judging and comparing themselves against other people – I’m guilty of it too and I need to stop it.

It’s up to each one of us to change the way we think.

Defining success

I don’t have a definition for success, but I have a few thoughts about what success means to me:

In business: To create something from nothing – to take an idea in your head, and make it a reality. Create something that makes people feel special and makes a difference.

In life: To wake up in the morning feeling happy and grateful. The ability to support my wife, family and friends, emotionally and with empathy.

In general: A tasty cup of coffee.

Disclaimer: I’m still figuring it out, as are all of us.

Your turn

  1. Do you feel successful?
  2. How do you define or determine success?
  3. Why do you do what you do?

Let me know what’s on your mind and join the conversation in the comments section below.

Don’t forget to be awesome!

Chris.

Be less busy

At this very moment I can hear my own very ridiculous words echoing in my head as I reflect on many conversations I’ve had with other business owners.

It goes something like this:

Me: “Hey Derek, how are you?”

Derek: “Really busy…mental”

Me: “Great, that’s the whole though point isn’t it?!”

Derek: “…how are you?”

Me: “Crazy busy”

Derek: “Good problem to have mate…could be worse…could be the opposite!”

…ugh!!

How many times have you had this conversation? I hear the same thing almost every single day.

Here’s the catch; no one cares if you’re busy…it means nothing, and it’s just noise taking up space in everyone’s life.

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Just be yourself

I was honoured to be asked to speak at a summer school graduation ceremony last year. It was a summer school for high school students who perhaps weren’t achieving the grades that they were capable of. For a week or two they had the opportunity to experience what life is like at university. The point of the summer school is to inspire the students to push their studies a little further so they can have the opportunity attend university full time.

I assumed that I’d be speaking to a room of school students. Not that it should matter really, but when you’ve imagined the what room will look like in your mind, and it’s not like that when you get there, it can throw you off slightly.

When I arrived at the University of St Andrews there were not only students in the room, but their siblings, mothers, fathers and gr andparents. A lot more people than I expected, and a completely different audience.

Just Be Yourself

Text from my Mum

My Mum said she was going to come along to support me, but it turns out she couldn’t make it.

I was sitting in the front row waiting for the ceremony to begin, and as I watched all the people coming in to the room I sent a text to my Mum to tell her that there were a lot more people here than I expected, and that I was little nervous.

Do you get nervous when you are preparing to speak in pubic? I certainly do.

Anyone that says they don’t are probably telling a fib, or they aren’t trying hard enough to deliver a good talk or presentation.

However, this isn’t just about getting nervous about speaking in public, but rather about being anxious about anything that’s taking place in your life.

The three words that my Mum said next really put me at ease.

She said “Just be yourself”

I was still nervous but I felt much more in control in how I was feeling.

Thinking back it seems ridiculous that I had gotten so anxious that I forgot who I was.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken – Oscar Wilde

Maybe he said it, maybe he didn’t, but who cares, right? It’s the sentiment that matters.

It’s true that we spend our days and our limited time on Earth trying to be like other people.

It’s tiring, boring, stressful and unfulfilling.

I think that we are all guilty of forgetting who we are. We’re too busy trying to be the person that other people want us to be, or trying to meet the expectations of other people.

We forget to just be ourselves and end up trying to imitate other people. Perhaps people that we look up to and respect.

We use other people’s words and stories as our own, we behave in ways the other people would expect us to behave.

We are far too influenced by other people’s attitudes and philosophies – both good and bad.

What other people think of you is none of your business

The anxiety and nervousness I was experiencing prior to speaking came from living in the future – thinking about what could go wrong, or what other people might think of me.

When my Mum said “just be yourself” it relaxed me and I knew that I couldn’t do anything wrong by being myself.

In truth, what other people think of me is none of my business.

We all need to remember to be true to ourselves, and this is not a selfish statement.

By being true to yourself you will be happier, more focussed, have more clarity and be less stressed and anxious. In turn, you will be a better person to your spouse, your brother or sister, a better son and a better person all round.

The best thing you can do for you and for everyone else is to just be yourself.

Don’t forget to be awesome!

Chris.

Did you know that the most prominent emotion that people feel when they are browsing through their Facebook news feed is jealousy?

I’m sure you’ve felt it before, I certainly have.

It comes as a result of comparing yourself to others, which we all do.

However, we need to stop it because it’s damaging our mind set and our psyche.

What’s REALLY happening on Facebook?

Everyone seems to be having a great time don’t they?

When you are scrolling through Facebook you get the impression that everyone is having this great life that you seem to be missing out on.

New car, new TV, new kids, new clothes, new experiences, new tan, new home.

How come hardly anyone posts the mundane everyday boring stuff? Because it’s not that exciting. It’s not ‘news worthy’.

Most people post stuff on Facebook to express themselves, and what this new ’thing’ says about their lifestyle and choices.

It’s about them, not you. Please remember this simple and very important point.

You’ve got two solutions

You can take what I think is the best approach and celebrate this new experience with your Facebook friends and make them feel good about it. Comment on their updates and tell them that their new car looks amazing and that you can’t wait to get a spin. Tell them their new games console is the best and you can’t wait have a shot. Tell them their new nails look amazing and ask where they got them done.

Be a positive influence.

Or you can do the exact opposite, especially if the feelings you get are overwhelmingly negative and depressive. Delete the posts from your newsfeed, unfollow people and perhaps consider getting away from Facebook for a while…maybe forever. Close your laptop, switch off your devices and get out of the house for a while.

Don’t let yourself creep into the jealous and depressive nature of Facebook. I have witnessed first h and verbal negative comments as a result of a simple Facebook update, and it’s not healthy.

Facebook can be a wonderful place but it’s all about how you react to what goes on around you.

Your turn

  1. Have you ever felt jealous of others when scrolling through Facebook?
  2. How do you overcome Facebook jealousy?
  3. What’s the best way to share what’s going on in your life without coming across as if you are trying to show off?

Let me know by joining the conversation in the comments section below.

Don’t forget to be awesome!

Chris.

Some people think that to be a leader you need a position in a company, a job title, or some sort of status. This is simply not true.

You can choose to be a leader in every aspect of your own life. It’s entirely up to you.

You can either wait for people to come to you, or you can go to them.

You can passively accept events, or you can change them.

You can blame others for what’s happening, or you can take responsibility for what’s happening.

You can choose to wait, or you can choose to act.

Choose to be a leader.

Have you ever wondered how successful people seem to get more done? Do you ever find it really hard to get started and get things done? Have you ever stared blankly at your computer screen before writing, or done the housework instead of doing something you know is more important? I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there.

In order to be super effective, just like the super successful people, you need to have very strong habits and absolute self-discipline (amongst other things, but these two qualities are high up there) – I know it’s easy to write this… and it’s certainly not that easy to do.

I’d like to share with you a technique that I picked up recently that really works for me, and many other people too. But first of all I want to introduce you to the type of Resistance that we all suffer from. If you are anything like me, you will relate to this in a big way and you will already be well aware of its presence.

“Everyone who has a body experiences Resistance.”

In the book, The War of Art, Steven Pressfield writes about the constant human battle the every single person has with Resistance.

So what is Resistance?

“It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. It’s aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.” (p7)

Resistance is basically anything that is stopping you from doing the things you know you need to do.

The following is a list, in no particular order, of those activities that most commonly elicit Resistance:

  • The pursuit of any calling in writing, painting, music, film, dance, or any creative art, however marginal or unconventional.
  • The launching of any entrepreneurial venture or enterprise, for profits or otherwise.
  • Any diet or health regime
  • Any program of spiritual advancement
  • Any activity whose aim is tighter abdominals
  • Any course or program designed to overcome an unwholesome habit or addiction
  • Education of every kind
  • Any act of political, moral, or ethical courage, including the decision to change for the better some unworthy pattern of thought or conduct ourselves
  • The undertaking of any enterprise or endeavour whose aim is to help others
  • Any act that entails commitment of the heart. The decision to get married, to have a child, to wether a rocky patch in a relationship
  • The taking of any principled st and in the face of adversity.
  • In other words, any act that rejects immediate gratification favour of long term growth, health, or integrity. Or, expressed another way, any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower. Any of these will elicit Resistance

(P5-6)

How Does Resistance Manifest Itself?

Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalise. We don’t tell ourselves, “I’m never going to write my symphony.” Instead we say, “I am going to write my symphony; I’m just going to start it tomorrow.” (P.21)

How many times have you said that to yourself? I don’t even know how many times I’ve said “I’ll do it tomorrow”…I don’t want to know!

Resistance can include things like sex, masturbation, getting into trouble, being sick, and fear. There are many examples in the book, which provide more depth to underst anding how these elements become a form of Resistance.

If you really struggle with Resistance and procrastination I suggest you buy the book. It really gave me a kick in the ass and I know others who felt that it was written just for them.

There is hope…You Can Defeat Resistance!

“Defeating Resistance is like giving birth. It seems impossible until you remember that women have been pulling it off successfully, with support and without, for fifty million years.”

What a great quote, which comes back to my original purpose for writing this article. You see, it is possible to defeat Resistance, as long as you know exactly how it starts and exactly what to do about it. You can put small disciplines in place to make sure you can defeat it everyday. I have one example for you right now…

90 Minute Work Sessions as a discipline

This works for me, and many others, so there is a good chance it will work for you too. This technique was passed to me from Nigel Botterill.

Everyday I put aside 90 minutes of uninterrupted time to get work done. This might not sound like a lot, but how often do you get an hour and a half to spend on your work, with no one interrupting you?

You’ve heard of the 80/20 rule right? – The Pareto Principle. In this case, 80% of your best work is going to get done in 20% of your time. In a normal working week, spending 90 minutes a day fully concentrating on something, is about 20% of your time. Therefore, it is not a coincidence that the 90 minute sessions really do work!

I literally turn off my phone and the Internet (unless I’m working on the Internet). I deliberately stay away from social media and the sorts of things that will distract me.

By putting in this discipline everyday you’re effectively putting something in place to beat Resistance.

Unfortunately, no one is going to do it for you…it’s entirely up to you – you’re the one that has to discipline yourself.

The book had such a big impact upon me that I felt the need to share it with you. I also wanted to share this little discipline tactic with you too.

Do You Have Any Suggestions?

Perhaps you have your own discipline that ensures you get work done? If you do, please share it with everyone by commenting below.

What do you do to make sure you get work done?

Don’t forget to be awesome!

Chris.

You May be Graduating, but Your Education is Just Beginning

It’s at this time of year that many of the commencement speeches begin to be published online. I have read and watched a few recently, and over the years. Year-in and year-out we all know there’s one major recurring theme  – your education hasn’t finished, it’s just beginning. 

A good friend of mine, Charlotte, who’s also graduating at the same time as me, asked me to recommend some books that she could read. The reason Charlotte asked for this list is because university life is coming to an end, and now she has time to read for pleasure and further educate herself, which is extremely proactive of her!

Charlotte specifically asked me for three main reasons. Firstly, because I read a lot of non-academic literature, secondly, because of the way I talk about what I read and how it’s inspired me, and thirdly because she knows me well and thinks that what I will recommend will be interesting to read.

These are my top listed books that will give you a head start in your career. They come highly recommended, not just from me, but from many successful business owners across the world. – Chris Marr

A great mentor of mine, and of millions of other people across the globe, once said – “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune” and “In order to have more, you have to become more“. Jim Rohn was a very wise man, and super successful too. I hope that University has given you a thirst for scholarship and that you intend to continue on your path of personal growth.

13 Reasons Why You Should Read These Books

Just in case you are unsure about spending money on books, here are my top reasons for buying, reading, studying and implementing the lessons in these books: –

  1. You will progress quickly in your career
  2. You will become a great employee
  3. You will become a great leader
  4. You will become a great friend and person
  5. You will inspire others to be like you – you will become an inspirational person
  6. You will become more curious
  7. You will gain absolute clarity in your aspirations
  8. You will begin to map out your life plan and what you want to achieve. (It is very important that this is done before you map out your ‘business/work’ plan)
  9. You will begin to dream bigger and have more ideas
  10. You will become more valuable to the market place and thus earn more
  11. You will really get to know yourself and what motivates and drives you to achieve
  12. You will become more – in other words, you will start to dream bigger and want more out of life
  13. You will engage in conscious thought about your life and everything you have done, and what you want to do in the future

10 Foundation Books for Building an Exceptional Life

This list of books is suitable for any graduate looking to continue their personal development. It doesn’t matter if you are going to be an employee in an organisation, or if you are starting your own enterprise, these books will st and you in good stead.

I’ve made it very easy for you to get these. Just click buy and add to your cart/wish-list, this will save you searching for the books individually on Amazon. There is no strict list order here, although I have placed them in the order that I would read them in if I was to go back and do it all over again.

1. The War Of Art – Steven Pressfield

This book should come with a warning. Only read this if you want to come out at the other end with the inability to make any excuses about what you haven’t done today. After you have read this you will underst and exactly why you can’t seem to get things done that you know you should be doing. This book really got into my head, and I’m a better person for it.

Related article – How to beat resistance

2. Living Your Best Year Ever – Darren Hardy

Dig deep in to your goals and aspirations and set you life plan for your future success. This is the most complete goal setting programme you can hold in your h and. You have to start with your goals and plan out what you want. Trust me, this will change your life.

3. Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Written in the 1930s and is a classic study of wealthy and successful people. Think & Grow Rich will give you the desire for a wealthy, successful and productive life and is a great place to start finding out about what it takes to become successful and truly.

Ideally this book should be first on the list because it will give you the full underst anding of what it takes to grow, however, the two books previous are more like ‘qualifying books’; you need to have read them before you do anything.

4. How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

This was written in the 1930s and is a timeless book for anyone with the desire to underst and people and how to do as the title says – win friends and influence people. There have been lots of variations by many authors, but the main principles are in this book. Every business is about people, and that’s what makes this book very much worth of study.

5. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki

In this book Robert provides clarity about how money really works. Ideally this book should be read before you start earning money so you can underst and what to do with it. This will change how you spend and save money and will help you underst and what it takes to be financially free. Once you’ve read this you can follow up with The Cashflow Quadrant, which is a great framework for underst anding how you can make money work for you, instead of you working for money.

6. Drive – Daniel Pink

This book is absolutely cracking. If you want to be a leader in any organisation you really need to underst and how to motivate people. The truth is surprising. I have given this book to several people and each of them have raved about it. It was gifted to me from a friend and now I’m sign-posting you to it. If you start work and your boss hasn’t read it…do them a favour and buy him/her a copy. Motivation 2.0 = Autonomy, Mastery & Purpose.

7. The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude – Jeffrey Gitomer

A positive attitude is something that we all need to work on every day, it’s a constant battle. This book is very well designed and is full of great exercises to help you underst and how you can become more positive. I revisit this book all the time, especially if I need a jolt of positivity or the need to underst and why I’m feeling less positive than normal. A great book that should be in everyone’s library.

8. The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy

Gain clarity and underst anding of how the actions you take today predict your future. This is a very thought provoking book that will inspire you to change what you do in your life. It will also help you to underst and how the small changes that you make today, have a massive compounding effect on your future. If you were given the choice between taking £3 Million in cash this very instant and a single penny that doubles in value every day for 31 days, which would you choose?

9. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Steven Covey

Another classic and a must read for any business professional. The lessons in this book have stood the test of time and are still used in business today. Your boss will expect you to have read this. If you are the boss, you should read and implement the lessons in this book and encourage your employees to study this book. There is also a companion book available that helps guide you through the lessons.

10. The Sales Bible – Jeffrey Gitomer

We are now in the 21st century and thus every single person needs to have some foundation knowledge of sales. You need to sell yourself and probably the goods and services of the organisation you decide to join. The title is spot on, it really is a bible. It is full of all the knowledge that you will ever need to become a great sales person, and it’s written by a highly successful salesperson.

Bonus Resources

The Art of Exceptional Living – Jim Rohn

If that’s not enough for you, or if you have already read these books, I highly recommend getting the audio of The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn. It needs absolutely no introduction, just have the curiosity to go get it and listen to it. You can thank me later.

Buying and Using a Journal

If you want to get the most from your books, buy a journal and use it. If you want more tips on how to use a journal, please read this article.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR JOURNAL

Competition

If you buy all of these books please let me know – email me with a picture or post a picture on my Facebook page. I will enter you into a prize draw and if you win I will send you THE leadership book that will help you become a better leader.

Recommendations

These are my personal recommendations, and are supposed to be set at a ‘foundation’ level, in other words, they are not specialist books – they will give you a valuable grounding of personal development regardless of your profession. If you have any other suggestions or recommendations please post them as a comment below and share with other readers – “when you share, everyone wins” – Jim Rohn

All the best for the upcoming exams and have a great time at graduation and remember to “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job

Don’t forget to be awesome!

Chris.

Journal

Jim Rohn’s Journal Available from Knowledge is King

Have you ever wondered why people keep a journal? Have you ever wanted to keep one but couldn’t think what you would write in it? This may inspire you.

One thing that has changed my life in a dramatic way is writing more. The more I write, the more I have to write about. I write down my ideas and suddenly I get even more ideas. I try to write everyday, sometimes it’s a lot of rubbish and sometimes the stuff I write ends up on my blog, or becomes a great business concept or marketing plan…it just depends.

What I want to ask you is, how often do you write down what’s on your mind? Do you think it’s worth considering keeping a journal to take counsel in? Perhaps you don’t have anyone to share your ideas with, or you want to write your ideas down first before you share them? A journal will help you work out your ideas and also help you underst and the way you behave and how you react to things around you.

Let me try and sell the idea to you by using my own examples and some information from Jim Rohn. If you already keep a journal perhaps you could share your story and back me up.

Jim Rohn on Keeping A Journal

Jim Rohn often tells a funny story about when people ask him why he would spend so much money on an empty book, i.e. his journals. His response is that it pushes him to write something valuable in them. So if you do buy a journal, make sure you use it, otherwise it’s a real waste of money!

Here is a quote directly from Jim about why you should consider using a Journal.

A journal is a gathering place for all of our observations and discoveries about life. It’s our own h andwritten transcript that captures our experiences, ideas, desires and conclusions about the people and the events that have touched our lives. The past, when properly documented, is one of the best guides for making good decisions. The very act of writing about our lives helps us think more objectively about our actions. Writing tends to slow down the flow of information and gives us time to analyze and ponder the experience. The intense scrutiny of journal writing can enable us to make refinements in our philosophy that are truly life-changing. Jot down what you learn and be a buyer of empty books. It’s the small disciplines that lead to great accomplishments.  Source (Accessed 9th March 2013) 

Don’t Trust Your Memory!

It’s true that our past experiences helps us to get better, but if you aren’t actively taking note of what’s going on, what is there for you to reflect upon?? We forget and miss a lot of what goes on around us. Mr Rohn is quoted saying – “Don’t trust your memory” and I can totally relate to this. I keep lists of all the things I want to achieve, and I write down my goals. I know that I can go back to these lists and notes at anytime and I don’t have to worry about forgetting things. What do you think you would gain from doing the same thing? It’s worth a go isn’t it?

Examples of what to write in your journal

I keep a Post-It Note in the inside cover of my journal to remind about all the things I should write about, which gives me a little structure. Here are a few examples of things I write about and perhaps you could write about too: –

  • My partner – I’ll write about how she is, what we talked about, if we fell out and why. How did she look today, how is she feeling. That sort of thing. This is a good place to start because it makes me think about Andrea on a daily basis.
  • Gratitude – I think about what I’m grateful for today. Sometimes it’s just basic stuff like having a car that works, being able to learn and read, having a roof over my head. Sometime is more complicated than that and more personal, it just depends. It’s important to express some level of gratitude everyday.
  • Conversations – who have I talked to today and what we discussed.This is a great exercise and it usually reminds me of something I’ve forgotten to follow up on.
  • Ah – Ha moments – Any moments that took place that made me stop and think. An Ah-Ha moment is a moment of clarity. I normally write about behavioural things, for example how I reacted to something or someone, and perhaps how other people react and how I can learn from them.
  • Attitude – I will spend time writing about my own attitude, especially if I happen to be grumpy. It helps me to figure out what’s wrong and how to get better at being more positive.
  • Personal development – what have I read today, what did I learn and what am I going to do with this new knowledge.
  • Ideas – Usually a follow on from the above – what ideas I have come up with and try to work through them.

Important things to remember about your journal

  • Privacy – Protect your journal. It’s a private book for your eyes only, look after it. You have to feel like you can write anything you want in it.
  • Accessibility – Keep your journal h andy so you can write in it when you need to.
  • Regularity – You don’t have to write in your journal everyday, but try and write in it often.

2 Minutes with Jim

Here’s a two minute video from Jim discussing collecting stories in his journal and how you can use these stories to learn from them and get better. You can see how your journal becomes a place to confide in and a place where you can write down what’s on your mind and how you feel.

Where to get one?

You could choose to keep an electronic journal or you could buy an empty book from most stationary stores. The journal featured in the picture is available from Knowledge Is King.

Conclusion

You will have noticed that I have talked a lot about what I do in this article, and the purpose of this is to give you some idea of what keeping a journal can do for you, and also how you can use it. If you have your own story please share it and if you have any questions or feedback please leave a comment below.

Don’t forget to be awesome!

Chris.

Do you ever get the feeling of being overwhelmed by the task(s) in front of you? Like there’s no way you can get through all your work?

I had one of those days recently where everything just seemed to be mounting up in front of me, and for a moment I panicked. Have you ever felt like this? Like there’s no end in sight?

I’m getting a little better everyday at recognising the reasons for why my mood changes, which means I can react quicker and get better at dealing with it. I thought to myself…

“Stop for a moment, breathe and think rationally about how to get these tasks complete”

Become an expert in your own life

I have my journal which I can go to and write down why I feel like I do, and try and work out how I can move forward. The journal is a great tool for studying your own life, I suggest you try it. You can begin to track your behaviour and how you react to situations. Here’s a great tip from a very wise man…

Become an expert in your own life & stop studying other people’s lives

– Jim Rohn.

6 Tips for getting rid of that overwhelming feeling

Here’s a few things you can do to make that overwhelming feeling a little more manageable: –

  1. Write down all the things you’ve got to do;
  2. Figure out what the most important task is, and do that first;
  3. If it will only take 2 minutes to do, do it right now;
  4. You could also just start working on anything. Just starting will make you feel a lot better;
  5. Delegate tasks to other people – recognise that you may not be able to do everything yourself;
  6. Out of all the stuff that’s not vital or important, decide whether you need to do it at all. Sometimes there are tasks that just don’t add value – trash these!

How do you get things done?

It would be great if you could share your own stories and tips for getting things done and making your life more manageable. What works for you? Why?