First, Climb the Mountain

Want to get better at getting things done? ‘Course you do!

First, climb the mountain.

Do you do the easy stuff first?  STOP IT!!! Climb the mountain first and you’ll get more done. If you begin with the hard stuff and finish it, then you’ll get rewarded with the cherry on top of doing all of the fun and easy stuff afterward and completing the project, then gloating at your co-workers/competition as they struggle to reach their own summits after 4:00 PM –HA!

The problem with doing the easy stuff first is you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something and will often call it a day. Maybe the next morning you’ll move on to something new that’s also easy thinking you’ll come back to climbing the mountains from yesterday later because you just want to get a bunch of stuff done – it feels so good! Eventually you have nothing left to do but climb mountains (stress out), or you’ll get so accustomed to living in the valleys that you just stay there with your head in the lilacs and you abandon your projects without ever making it to their summits.

I hear those of you who read my previous post Thou Shalt Not Plan pointing your fingers at me and yelling “Hypocrite!” And you are absolutely right. The deal is, these amazingly powerful lessons (or worthless opinions – you decide) I’m generously sharing with you require that you apply them in the right context. If you want me to do it all for you, and are willing to pay my punitive (but oh, so worth it) consulting fee, message me.

Now dear friends, what  tips do you have for getting the job done? Leave them in the comments section and help others on their way to happiness.



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2 thoughts on “First, Climb the Mountain

  1. I don’t think this notion makes you a hypocrite based on the previous article. “First, climb the mountain” is pretty general advice and not really a “Plan” (anymore than “Win the battle” is a ny more of “plan” to win a war, for example). And if it works for you, it might work for others, in a general way. And if you apply it to the notion of clearing a path to the thing you want most, then I think it makes sense. For example and keeping the subject focused on The Thing You Want (whatever that is), tackling the biggest chunk of the obstacles in the way of making that reality (or simply the biggest tasks to making that happen), first, lets you enjoy the smaller bits and pieces, the detail work, the minutae, that can help make the success all that much more rewarding on the journey-side of the issue. The process and subprocesses. So I’m a proponent of hacking away at the biggest (most doable/tangible) obstacles/tasks, first, in any project. In general. If we wanted to yakk about specifics, then I could go into details, too, how I’d apply that bit of advice – but that’s not really the point herein. Anyway, I think you’re on target with both your last posts, Brother. Keep on!!!

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