T. Jefferson Series: #1 – Get It done!

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

Thomas Jefferson said that, and presumably lived by that motto, and he did pretty well in his life!

But let’s fact it, some things are easier said than done.

One of the most difficult things a person can do is to get everything done that is on your to do list.

You do have a to do list, right?

The problem is that your simple to do list can quickly become quite unwieldy.   I’ve found that the best way to deal with that you have to do, when it gets out of control, is set up priorities.

Ask yourself:  What is most important?  What is next important?  And so on.

So what is so darn profound about Thomas Jefferson’s thought that we should not put off until tomorrow what we can do today?

It’s this:  It forces us to look at the list and set those priorities.  I refer to that as:

Step one in getting organized.

Before you can “not put something off,” you have to figure out what “it” is in the first place.

By setting priorities you are forced to figure out, from the mountain of to do items you have prioritized, what in the world we can actually accomplish or complete today.

Once that is done, you should focus on the first thing, your top priority, that is achievable in that moment, even if it is the only thing we get done.

Such brilliance!

(Thanks to The Minimalists for this list!)