How to Accomplish Anything

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Learn how to accomplish anything! This one tip sounds simple but knowing it changed my life. You really can accomplish anything if you do this one thing.

April 2024 Update: When I first wrote this post seven years ago, I had been struggling my entire life with getting things done in a way that felt good.

Sometimes I would procrastinate until the thing HAD to be done. Or I would procrastinate and never get around to it. Neither felt good!

When I wrote this, I thought I had discovered the most amazing tip. Some of you will laugh, but as a life-long putter-offer of things, it was a big deal to me.

I didn’t know it at the time, but I have ADHD and thought there was something wrong with me. There was, but I didn’t understand it.

If any of this resonates with you; you aren’t alone.

For some people that usually get things done, you might just have one or two things you struggle with.

If you are more like me, most things, (except things that seem fun) might be a struggle.

Either way, it feels great to get going on the things you know you want to do!


Are You Stuck?

How many things do you have on your to-do list or in your mind that you want to do? Does the thought of these things make you happy or depressed?

A lot of times, the thing in question, is something that isn’t way out there or impossible. It’s something that we either keep putting off or we just can’t get ourselves to do it.

If not doing the thing is causing you frustration, then it’s time to find a way to take action and learn the how to accomplish anything.

Most of us have things we’d like to do, whether it’s something to do with our health, a project, or even a trip we want to take.

Yet it seems like the very things we want the most—are for some reason so hard to do. And we put them off–sometimes forever.

Why is this??? I have written so many blog posts on how to get unstuck and how to get things that matter done. Yet, at times, I find myself wondering why I couldn’t get something important to me done.

Over the years though, I learned to get my own stuff done and I’ve gone on to help other women get their things done through life coaching with me.

The Conversation that Changed My Life

April 2024 Update: I originally wrote this post about seven years ago. And wow, so much has changed for me in those years…

Recently, I was having a glass of wine with a friend. To be honest, I can’t even remember the entire conversation. However, I wrote down this piece of it because it resonated so strongly with me.

The hardest thing is always getting started.

Like a bolt of lighting, I felt struck by the trueness to that statement. It really is hard to:

  • Type the first word of a story or post
  • Take the first steps of a walk
  • Do the first exercise
  • Say the first thing
  • Pack the first item
  • Make the first phone call
  • Begin using a new technology
  • Start your taxes or other record keeping

The first steps of all these things are relatively easy, or should be easy to do. However, when we put them off, they take on super powers that block us from accomplishing things.

Find the Bottleneck

By not getting started on something we want to do, we set up an energetic battle in our mind.

I really should be doing this

I really don’t want to do this

But I should do this 

Why can’t I even get started?

And so on…

We block most of our accomplishments because we never do the first little action that puts us in motion.

We think we are being blocked by something that is bigger than ourselves. However, if you look closely at the situation, there really is always a relatively small action you can take—it’s called getting started.

Recently I noticed that my to-do list kept growing. Because of this, I felt stuck about getting any of my list done. There was very little getting accomplished in my life.

Then I realized there was ONE thing I was putting off. One thing that I just couldn’t get started.

Once I noticed that there was a primary project that I just wasn’t getting started—I decided, I needed to at least start. ASAP!

So, I rolled up my sleeves and took that first tiny step to get that thing done. I needed to make a video and I had been putting it off for a week! I did it. It wasn’t a big deal at all. I even redid it just to make it a little better.

Within an hour of finishing that video, I had 90 % of my to-do list done.

Over the years, when I feel especially stuck, I look for what I like to call the bottleneck. It’s usually the thing I dread doing the most.

Now, when I say dread, I don’t mean I am faced with something dreadful. But for whatever reason, I dread doing it.

But every time, that I face that head-on and get it done, I clear up a lot of items that come after it, easily.

The Power of Getting Started

By starting that one thing, I not only got it accomplished but I was able to easily complete a whole bunch of other things that needed to be done as well.

That thing I was avoiding getting started was acting like a block to EVERYTHING I needed to do.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started something I was dreading or putting off and found it to be way easier than I thought it would be.

It never fails to amaze me that I can create so much inner turmoil over something that really shouldn’t be a big deal. Seriously, sometimes it is a five-minute phone call!

From my experience of working with thousands of people over the years that it is really common to put things off by simply not starting them.

How do you get around this? Here are my favorite ways to do this.

Ways to Get Started

Set a timer for 10–15 minutes and just get started. Do it again the next day, and so on until you get that thing done.

Write it down. I keep a notebook and every few days, I write down the things I want to accomplish. I know that if I write it down, I WILL get to it and get it started.

If a task has multiple parts, pick the easiest part of it to do first. Then the next easiest and so on.

This isn’t really a new bullet point—I just want to reemphasize how effective #1 is. When all else fails, set the timer and do SOMETHING. Then do that each and every day until you are getting this thing done. This works!

Often, I am finding that often the simplest solutions are also the most effective. You truly don’t need complicated systems to get IMPORTANT things done.

However, you do need to be committed to getting things done. But if you have that mindset, you can accomplish anything.

Whatever it is that you need to do today–Get started!

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  1. Alma on March 21, 2024 at 6:09 pm

    This is so me…I am feeling judged (lol). It does hit hard and true. I enjoyed this article. Thank you.

    • Sara on April 1, 2024 at 5:19 pm

      No judgement here! I struggled with this for most of my life and try to share anything that worked for me.

  2. […] can’t tell you how many times I’ve started something I was dreading or putting off and found it to be way easier than I thought it would be. It never fails to amaze me […]

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