The Secret to Getting Things Done Fast

Let’s talk about getting things done FAST! Can I tell you a secret? My idea of “fun” is lying by the pool with a book in my hands. I know, I know… it might sound boring, but it’s one of my favorite things to do.


I haven’t always been a reader, but my love for books grew when I became a business owner. Truth be told, I don’t always have time to sit around with a book in my hands and a cup of tea nearby. ☕️ But I do try to read a few pages every night before I go to sleep.


I recently finished reading Traction by Gino Wickman. He presented this illustration that made so much sense that I knew I had to share it with you.


Most creative business owners struggle with the idea of work-life balance. It often feels like there’s not enough time in the day to get things done. But what if you framed your mind differently?


Picture a glass cylinder set on a table. Next to it are rocks, gravel, sand, and a glass of water. The glass cylinder symbolizes all the time that you have in a day. The rocks are your main priorities, the gravel is your daily responsibilities, the sand represents interruptions, and the water is everything else that you get hit with during your work day.


What most people do is pour the water in first, then the sand, then the gravel, and lastly, the rocks. So, what happens?! Those big priorities don’t fit inside the glass cylinder. That’s your typical day!!


Now, let’s think about what happens if you do the reverse. Work on the big things first (you put the rocks in), your day-to-day responsibilities second (add the gravel), next come the interruptions (add in the sand), and finally you pour in the water. Everything fits perfectly in the glass cylinder!


The main thing I want you to take away is that you need to work on your biggest priorities first and everything else will fall into place!


That’s the secret to getting things done fast! :)


If you need a monthly reading plan, here are my top books to read in 2020.


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