Setting goal is easy, but getting things done is difficult.
It is always a challenge to meet deadlines. In school, students struggle to finish their projects on time. This situation is also true for employees.
In most cases, procrastination is one of the factors that hinder task achievement. But the good news is that you can always fight procrastination whenever it strikes.
In 2001, David Allen published a framework called Getting Things Done. Primarily, this concept is a time management technique that guides people to finish a task at hand easily.
Getting Things Done helps the imagined concept become a reality.
According to the framework, to get things done, you need to follow several steps. These steps help organize everything you want to do.
Here are the five steps:
This step requires jotting down notes. Everything that comes up in your mind, wherever you are must be written. Thus, whenever possible, bring a pen or anything with you that can be used for recording.
Ideas are like butterflies. It comes up for a moment and then disappears. If you don’t catch it, it will vanish in the thin air.
This is the reason why authors bring a pen and a small notebook with them wherever they are. When an idea strikes, they are always ready to catch it.
I consider this step crucial in my life as an author. Months ago I started working on my non-fiction book. I noticed that, during the outline formulation, you can’t include everything. The rest of the ideas come up as I go along in the process.
Since then, it becomes my habit to carry a pen and a pocket notebook wherever I go. So that when ideas come into my mind, I can easily catch them.
Now you have jotted down all the important ideas you came up with your mind. The next step you want to do is clarifying whether or not those ideas are doable.
In my case, I always ask myself if the ideas I came up are related to the topic I am working. If not, I’ll save it for the next project.
More often than not, ideas are random. Sometimes they are not related to each other. But it does not mean that they are useless or nonsense.
Getting things done always involve organization or putting pieces in the right places. If you have several ideas, chances are they are not exactly the same. This makes the process challenging sometimes. It is like putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
I see this more often in research writing. Because there are pieces of literature that need to be included, researchers find it difficult to write a flawless paper.
It is always a challenge to put different ideas together in a coherent way. But the effort is always worth it.
This process involves constant monitoring of the progress. Check everything whether or not you are making development or missing something. You can do this weekly or daily. It depends on your preferred schedule. The important thing is you monitor your project.
This is the final step of getting things done. This is simply doing the actual necessary work. If you implement the previous four steps, it is more likely that you finish your project smoothly.