How to Become an Action Person
There are essentially two kinds of people in the world, doers and non-doers. Doers do and then, get things done; whereas non-doers never do much more than think about doing and then rarely, if ever, get anything done. Those who get things done get what they want, while those who do not, well, quite simply, do not. Here's how to become an action person, a doer who gets things done and gets what you want.
More often than not, although it may not always look so to the casual observer, action people are highly organized. They appear to move almost effortlessly from one task to the next without missing a beat and, at day's end, usually have more energy than when they started because of the momentum they built up over the course of the day.
Non-action people, on the other hand, are usually highly disorganized. They spend their entire day stumbling around from one thing to another, without purpose, and, as a result, come day's end, are totally exhausted and clueless as to where their day went. Equating busyness with accomplishment, they often think they're getting things done, when, in truth, they're not, at least not anything of significant importance.
The essential key to becoming an action person is organization and the quickest and easiest way to get yourself organized for action, whether it's at home or work, is to make yourself a short, simple, prioritized to-do list on a daily basis for the following day. The operative key words here being short, simple, and prioritized.
Keep it short by limiting yourself to just a couple of tasks you'll feel good about having accomplished. Keep it simple by choosing tasks that can be done in a reliably brief period of time. Prioritize it by asking yourself which of the items on your list you'll feel best about having accomplished and making that the first item on your list.
Personally, as a general rule, I limit my daily to-do lists to two (max!), Vision-critical tasks, things that are absolutely vital to getting what I want, and I prefer tasks on my daily to-do lists to be things I can accomplish in just a matter of minutes.
When your allotted time to take action comes, whether it be home or work, start with the first item on your to-do list, your highest priority task for the day, and stay on it, to the exclusion of all else, until it's done and done well. After it is, cross it off your list and take a moment to savor the feelings of accomplishment, power, and satisfaction that come from doing so.
Then, if there is one, move on to the next item on your list and do the same. If, after finishing it, you have more time left, either give yourself some time off and go do something you like as a reward, or add another high-priority task to your list for the day.
I've often started the day with just one or two high-priority, vision critical tasks on my daily to-do list, yet accomplished twenty or thirty of them during my allotted time with energy to spare, because of the built-up momentum … and so will you!
Follow these simple instructions every day and you'll soon find yourself becoming an action person, a doer who gets things done and gets what you want.