art to inspire: the guide to getting anything done in 3 simple steps

You have a laundry list of goals and ambition practically oozes from your pores, but are scratching your head when it comes to actually getting things done?

How can I possibly get to where I want to be? Am I good enough, smart enough, passionate enough to accomplish what I set out to do?

Yep! You are. You just need a few guidelines to motivate you. So here are the 3 simple steps to getting things done and accomplishing your dreams…

Rule Number 1: If you want to be… be!

If you forget the other two rules, fine. But remember this one! It sounds simple and really kind of “duh,” but are you doing this? Are you practicing this simple rule in your life right now? Because if you’re not, its not quite as “duh” and certainly not as easy or simple as it sounds.

Sitting around complaining about why you’ll never amount to anything special is easy. Quitting with the excuses and the feelings of inadequacy is hard. But you can absolutely do this!

If you want to be a huge success in the indie-preneur community, get to work! Let people know what you are doing and why they should care. Don’t retreat in to that dark corner you feel comfortable in – you know your products are awesome and soon others will too – because you are creating a presence for yourself online and off.

Rule Number 2: Turn the page.

The battle is practically over once you open your “book” and turn the page. It’s like this… Remember back when you were in college and you were cramming for tests at the last minute? Once you actually made the commitment to sit down and get started, it felt much easier. Before you knew it, your wheels were turning and you had been studying for hours. That’s when you realized that “it” (whatever “it” was) wasn’t as hard as you thought it would be.

That’s exactly what you need to do right now. Take a seat and focus your mind on the tasks for the day. How will what you do today help you accomplish your goals in the short-term and the long-term?

Rule Number 3: Let it flow.

Feeling stuck or at a dead end? That’s okay. You’re not alone. I’ve been there. Heck, we’ve all been there.

Don’t fight it. If you’re having trouble moving on to that next phase, take a break. Do something you really enjoy and clear your mind. When you come back, let things flow naturally because small things can turn into big things if you let them.
Take it slow if you need to and things will flow eventually. You just have to keep at it.

So that’s it: the guide to getting anything done in 3 simple steps!

What’s the next step?

Share your struggles when it comes to getting things done in the comments below.

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6 Responses to “art to inspire: the guide to getting anything done in 3 simple steps”

  1. Chris →
    November 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I so needed this right now! I thank God every day that I found Scoutie Girl! It’s like having a personal creativity coach and it’s such a blessing. Thank you for all you put out there!

  2. Andmre →
    November 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    I find that I get discouraged easily. I find that I get discouraged when I can not stay completely focused on a project. I find that I get lost in details because they either overwhelm me or the anal/ocd side kicks in and I can’t get perfectly do things. However, if I go back frequently and browse ideas I somehow manage to stay focused and inspired-which is the kick-in-the-pants I need. I am very thank to my Mom and my Husband for their encouragement.

  3. Sarah (Saturday Sequins)
    November 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    I love this post. Not only is the advice spot-on, but it’s written compassionately. I like being told right off that yes, I’m good enough to get somewhere. We need more people in the world saying that.

    I actually have a literal book for things I want to do. I call it a Focus Book, and it’s a series of checklists. I’ll set a few goals for myself every day.

    I think the thing I struggle with most is having so many things I want to do. So I do a little of each, and I lose track of just how much I’m achieving because so many things are in the beginning stage.

    I also struggle with the urge to hibernate when it gets colder — which is what’s happening right now. Maybe I’m part bear? Grrrrr. ;)

    – Sarah

  4. Sandra Thomas
    November 16, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    I so look forward to your posts, they keep me inspired! I’m not discouraged to easy, thats just their opinion and they are entitled to, and I tell them so,lol.
    I have my gift boutique open now, my daughter did not give me any good feedback, but its like I told her, thats your opinion.

    >>>>> Sandra at the Shabby Mirror Boutique

  5. Laura
    November 20, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    YES!
    I’m finding the most challenging part for me is fighting the overwhelm. The to-do list is never-ending & just looking at it some days is so daunting… I’ve been trying to manage this by carving out the 5 most important tasks, doing them, then going back to the master list & picking 5 more. I prioritize by asking myself “which tasks will make me money today” and “which tasks are important to my customer today”. This helps me weed out what’s truly critical to drive my business from all the rest of the to-do’s I’ve assigned myself.

    I still have a secret desire to one day actually CATCH UP on the whole list. But is this even realistic?? :)

  6. Burnt Creative
    November 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Funny thing is, I’m fine with rules 2 and 3 … it’s rule #1 that I struggle with.
    It’s just so easy and comfortable to hide in that corner when the alternative is scary and often overwhelming.
    I think I’m going to put rule #1 up, real BIG, on my cork board!

    And I love Sarah’s “Focus Book.” I do something similar to help keep track of every little thing I have to do but I’ve never given it a name. Cute!