4 steps to getting the right things done

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #34

Productivity isn’t just about getting things done, it’s about getting the right things done in a timely manner.

But how do you do that?

0:00 – Intro to Wednesday LIVE with Evie
2:30 – Intro to topic, where I was last week
5:15 – Productivity defined (how I used to define it, my reframe)
8:15 – 4 steps to getting the right things done
8:45 – 1. Know your goals and intentions
12:00 – 2. Know your habits and routines (know how you work)
14:45 – 3. Celebrate and take care of yourself
18:10 – 4. Review often
20:15 – Review
21:10 – Want help planning the next 3 months?
22:15 – Wrap up

Lots didn’t get done

Last week there was no Wednesday LIVE with Evie because, as I shared, I couldn’t come up with a topic.

What I didn’t share was that I wasn’t feeling great and focusing on anything beyond the surface level at the beginning of last week wasn’t happening.

So, lots of things that I wanted to get done last week didn’t get done.

And it’s okay.

A few years ago this would have completely thrown me into a tizzy. Because all the things needed to get done!

I would have felt behind.

Part of that is because of how I viewed productivity and specifically my productivity.

Then, productivity was all about getting as many tasks done as possible and spending every minute of work toward that endeavor.

And this is fine if you work in a widget factory and your task each day is to connect part a to part b. Then your focus should be on how to connect more parts each hour.

However, neither of us work in widget factories and your day-to-day is much more involved (and hopefully fun) than connecting widget parts.

For entrepreneurs like us, productivity is really about knowing the important tasks you want/need to accomplish and getting them done.

Which is really easy to say, but how do you do that?

Especially when there are so many things that you want to and could do.

Let’s talk about that for this week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie (at 1pm CDT).

Update: You can watch this Wednesday LIVE with Evie here.

It happens every couple months

It happens every couple of months.

I sit down to write this article to you and decide the topic of the week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie and nothing comes. No topic or article will show up.

It happened yesterday.

It happened today.


However, I did have an idea early today.

I could not do Wednesday LIVE with Evie and offer complimentary Productivity Coaching Calls to a couple people.

I mulled the idea around. “Nah,” I thought, “I’ve committed to do this every week, I’ll figure it out. I always do.”

And the idea that kept popping up was offering coaching calls.

So, I’m offering five 60-minute complimentary Productivity Coaching Calls this week.

On the call, we’ll talk about what your main frustration with your productivity is right now. And by the end of the call, you’ll have clarity and your first steps to eliminate that frustration.

And Wednesday LIVE with Evie will return next week.

The habits of capturing tasks and ideas

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #33

Have you ever forgotten to do quick tasks that you were absolutely sure you’d remember to do?

Or maybe you heard something that you wanted to remember later, but later you have no idea what it was?

I shared about the habits that are involved in with capturing tasks and ideas, how the habit might break down (and what to do about it). 

I got my copy in 2004

Last Thursday I attended a 2 hour “Getting Things Done” training preview.

“Getting Things Done” is a book written by David Allen in 2001 and he became the “productivity guru” as a result. He has since developed training around the concepts in the book.

I probably got my original paperback copy around 2004. And absolutely loved it.

Even then I didn’t do everything that was suggested in the book. However, it has made a huge difference in how I approach getting my things done and you can see the fingerprints on what I teach and coach.

As part of training preview, we all got a copy of the updated edition of the book (it came out in 2015). I’m looking forward to reading it.

My biggest take away from the training was around the habits of capturing tasks and ideas (and that refreshers are helpful for everyone).

For this week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie, let’s talk about that.

Check out the Facebook event here.

Update: You can watch this Wednesday LIVE with Evie here.