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5th November
2012
written by LS Girl

Three Important Words anyone can use to accomplish more stuff. 

Recently, there was a lifestuff.org post regarding the power of three words.

In this post, I will share the three words that motive me every day.  Three words that changed my life, and improved my ability to finish things.  I stumbled upon these words during a frantic quest to get myself out of yet another dead end I’d wandered down.  I sat, overwhelmed at my desk, googling phrases of desperation:  “help to get out of rut”  “can’t seem to get anything done”  “feeling overwhelmed” and I received many hits on the Google.  Most of them were commercial sites trying to sell their eBook, and they had numerous advertisements flying out from every direction.  (Not all eBooks can be as good as “The Flinch”, “Minimalism, Live a Meaningful Life”, and BOTH of these are or were available for free.

After almost giving up, I stumbled upon a phrase that made me stop in my tracks.  I wish I had the phrase in its exact state, but I only wrote down the key message:  The three words.  The author was explaining there is really only one way to accomplish anything.  No matter what it is, or how long it takes, or how confusing it is, or how many steps are involved.  The only way to accomplish it is to Sit, and Do.

I thought about this for a long time.  It seemed too simple, yet as I tried to counter the methodology, I came up short.  Sit and Do.  I ran down my list of unfinished business in my head  and as I did, I said to myself,  “just Sit, and Do” after each one, and it worked.  I put this concept together with my 3 MIT’s (most important tasks)  and I immediately started to not only see improvements, I FELT them.  It felt GOOD.

Until this point, I would start my morning with a post-it note listing 3 MIT’s… and I’d look at it.  I’d think about the three things.  I’d research them.  I’d contemplate… “Are these REALLY the MITs”?  By this time, if had engaged “Sit and Do”, I’d be DONE with at least one MIT.

After bundling the idea of listing a few important tasks, with immediately picking one and DOING, I began to rip through my “to do’s”.  I have written more, completed projects, fixed things, called people, met with people… and it feels great.

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TIP:  If you have a big project, ask yourself, “what is the NEXT STEP?”  That one step is your MIT:

Life isn’t perfect.  And I do not seamlessly make a list, sit and do, and everything turns out great.  However, I can tell you, I do a hell of a lot more of what I want to do, because what I must do… is done.  If I had to sum this up in to simple steps they would be:

 

  • In the morning, write down 3 to 5 Most Important Things/Tasks.  These are the most critical things you must do.  If they are projects, write down the next step as your task.  Don’t confuse DIFFICULT with IMPORTANT.  If it’s easy, it can still be important.  “Send Birthday Card”  “Print return label” “Get tax folder to accountant”.  These are not complicated things, but they could be important.

 

  • Then pick one, and just do.  Do the task.  Do it slow, do it wrong, do it over, do it perfect, swear at it, love it, hate it.  If someone interrupts you, that’s fine.  Say, “let me write that down, I need to finish this first.”  Then RESUME DOING YOUR MIT. People will live.  Whatever the interruption; it can wait (at least 98% of the time…it can wait).  Don’t be bullied. You matter.  Your MIT matters. Do the task until it is complete.  Letting someone else hijack your time is not an option.  Be strong.

 

  • Lather.  Rinse.  Repeat.  Move to your next MIT. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish, when you do, instead of just thinking about it, planning it, making arrangements for it, or researching it.

 

Sit and Do is a phrase that means, Do the Task.  You may not actually “sit and do”.  You might stand, or dance, or push, or pull, or walk, or run, or skip, or roll or tumble.  And, you might fail.  And, that is ok.  Sit and do it again, burn it, or give it to someone else.  But, don’t be a sissy. Worrying is double dog useless.  Think about something common that really bugs you, like turning without signaling, being a litter bug, or arriving late.  Now put “the act of worrying”  in this category.  Make it as disturbing as watching someone cut you off, turn with no signal, throw a cup out the window, and not call you.  Associate the act of worrying with the actions that bug you.  Now, don’t bug yourself.

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