How To Get Stuff Done

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Part of building a full and profitable private practice is getting stuff done.

You’ve got your website to build or tweak. You’ve got colleagues to communicate with, and potential clients to call back. Then there are those things you decided you should do, like put a video greeting on your site, or look into public speaking venues, or start a newsletter.

When you don’t have much time, how do you get this stuff done?

I have a lot of time management tips, and here I’ll share one of my favorites. It’s something I do every day.

Picture yourself at the end of the day.

Imagine it is the end of today, and you are looking back on what you accomplished. What would make you the most happy to have completed? What would make you the most stressed out or disappointed to still have hanging over your head?

Now you know your priorities. For example, if you’d be happiest with this statement tonight:

“I’ve returned all my phone calls, called a potential web designer, and wrote a blog post.”

Then don’t let this be the reality:

“I spent 2 hours clearing out my email inbox, paid my bills and folded my laundry.”

You’re the boss of you, so stay conscious of what you’ll be happy with at the end of the day. You may have to stare at some unfolded laundry in the process, but you’ll find you can move forward and avoid getting pulled in directions you didn’t intend to.