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How I Get It All Done: 5 Steps

This mom knows how to get it all doneWhen people hear that I work full-time, am married, have twins and coach time management, they often ask me how I get it all done.

The short answer is that I don’t.

Yes, I do a lot but the bigger focus is what I don’t get done.

Let me explain and help you to also get it “all” done:

1. Get very clear on your life’s purpose

I have a life mission typed out and I know my definition of success in life.

I also know my values. A quick secret – one of those values is not to have the laundry perfectly done, but it is to take action.

Are you clear on your life purpose?

2. Make friends with “good enough”

I feel that it’s better to have something done than have it perfect.

If you’re cringing at that sentence, let me tell you that I used to be you. That was until I realized that trying to get the last 20% of any project perfect usually takes more time than the previous 80%.

E.g. If we were to make a picture collage, it would take just a few minutes to select photos and group them in a collage. The playing around to get the best configuration with the best background and font, and so on takes 3 – 5 times longer than just creating the initial collage.

There is a time and place for prettying something up – maybe for your children’s birthday party but for general sending out of occasional photos to family, that level of extreme detail is not necessary.

Do you know when 80% is enough, or are you still stuck on perfect?

3. Make a To Not Do list

We all know there are 24 hours in a day and there is not enough time to do everything.

It’s far more important these days to know which things to leave on the To Not Do list.

�     In my business, I do only things that need my “essence” and delegate the rest to my virtual assistant.

�     In my personal life, it’s important for me to cook from scratch but it’s not important for me to peel and chop all the vegetables myself.

Can you see the difference?

4. Decide where you want to use your time and don’t feel guilty about it

Be intentional about your time usage. I watch about 20 minutes of TV Mon – Fri while I change clothes, pack clothes and work bag, etc.

That’s it.

If you spend more time watching TV because that’s the way you relax, enjoy it!

I’ve chosen to do otherwise. Neither is right or wrong.

I do spend about 2 hours on the computer in the evenings, working on the business and connecting with friends through email, blogs and Facebook.

I don’t feel guilty about that time because I know why I’m doing it.

Of course I procrastinate sometimes by surfing blogs too much but since I generally get things done, occasionally if I slip up, I don’t beat myself up about it.

How about you?

Where do you want to be spending your time and why? Are you intentional about it?

5. Take consistent action

Unfortunately getting things done is not going to just happen so you’ve got to take consistent action.

Whether it’s moving forward with a big leap or lots of little leaps, I try to take some action every day.

I’m fairly good at constantly reviewing where I am in relation to my goals; you can get that way too.

Do you take enough regular action?

To end off, let me leave you with one of my favourite quotes:

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.  The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

-Lin Yutang

Marcia Francois is a time management coach and speaker who inspires busy women to break out of overwhelm, make the most of their time and take purposeful and focussed action so they have the time and freedom to live life to the full. Visit for your free Time Management Purpose Pack.

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