How to Go From Thinking To Doing
This condition has applied to all of another or us at one time.
Admit it. There are times when you have thought about doing
something but never got around to doing it. You are not alone.
Many people spend a considerable amount to time thinking, but
not doing. The problem here lies not in the thinking, but in the
lack of action. It doesn't have to be that way. You can change
if you learn to think and plan your next steps so you know what
Thinking and not acting on your thoughts can be habit forming
and often leads to what I call chronic procrastination. That is
when you put off doing most things instead of doing them when
they need to be done. This leads to always being late, often
being behind and to being in a constant state of trying to catch
up. You know who you are. You are not alone and there is
something you can do to change your situation. Here are some
tips for how you can go from thinking to doing.
n Get in the habit of writing down your thoughts about things
you want to do or that you think you ought to do. Keep a pad
with you wherever you do. Write down even your random thoughts
that you may not spend much time on. n Review this list at least
once each week and remove any items that no longer appeal to
you. n Choose an item from the list and make a plan for how you
will get it done. Set a time line, make notes on who and what
you will need to take that thought and turn it into action. n
Don't be afraid to cross items off the list if they cease to
appeal to you after a few weeks. n After a few weeks you should
be seeing a pattern, as you will begin to get a sense of what is
really worth thinking and acting upon. n Look for any connection
that might exist between the thoughts you have collected.
After a few weeks, if you are faithful to this process you will
find that you are actually spending more time doing than
thinking. Over the weeks you will have disciplined yourself and
taught yourself to organize your thoughts and to create a plan
of action. You will be amazed at how much you are getting done.
You will find that procrastination is much less of an issue
because you will know what to do and when. You will be surprised
how productive you can be and how much time you will have for
other things. The items you cross off the list over and over and
the items you don't write a plan of action for, help you to
determine what is really important in your life. Concentrate on
the things that matter and you will be motivated to set goals,
plan and carry them out. You can go from thinking to doing. Your
thoughts today can become your successes tomorrow. Use the tips
in this article to think, plan and then act. Take some time now
and think about it.