19 Responses to “How to stop faffing and turn your BIG plans in to results”

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  1. Hi Karen you might not have been aware but your article Stop Faffing from June 2011 has just been circulated by one of my local Wiltshire networks in perfect time for New Year 2012 :)
    I gave a talk on goal-setting earlier this week in which I shared a tip to make ‘activity goals’ as well as ‘results goals’ which effectively summarises your excellent tips in the article. No point in setting big, hairy, outrageous goals if you have no plan to accomplish them – been there, done that TOO many times !!
    There are numerous theories on goal-setting both published and on-line, my personal favourites are by the late, great Jim Rohn (jimrohn.com) and Brian Mayne (goalmapping.com)as well as the fantastic book The Slight Edge which also underpins your point about small steps at a time.
    Keep up your articles Karen, they’re one of the few I do read and share :) )
    Warmest Wiltshire wishes, Caroline

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    Karen Skidmore Reply:

    Wow, thank you Caroline. Love that you took the time to pass around this article to your netwalkers!

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  2. Great points Karen! SMART Targets – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed (or Trackable if you prefer ;-) – Love it! Thanks very much for the motivation!

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  3. Hi Karen,

    Some great points. Hiding in Twitter? I find Twitter my biggest distraction, have to turn off internet and email off, & focus focus focus.

    Also, really good point about being more accurate with your targets, it takes the principles of business plan and applies it to specific areas. If you leave a target as ‘loose’, it can drop down the importance list.

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  4. Hi Karen I know it’s not Monday but I’ve decided to start taking action not just saying oh that’s good stuff so I just added 5 contacts on LinkedIn. I found it’s the easiest I could do to take action immediately. I will definitely be dealing with the rest tomorrow as the post will be calling my name from my Reader. By the way, thanks for the good stuff! It’s much appreciated.

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  5. Great article Karen!
    I have been quite good this morning and only just looked at my emails, so I must be learning something :)
    There’s some great advice here, and a reminder for me to be more active on LinkedIn too.
    As for networking contacts, well I am following up, but as for picking up the phone…hmm…
    Great reading :)
    Sue

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    Karen Skidmore Reply:

    Go on …. pick up the phone. I dare you ;o)

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  6. Hi, Karen.

    I read through that post through and caught myself asking, “Why don’t I do that already?”

    I must have this faffing down to a fine art! I’m going to start doing as you suggest!

    As one of your previous commenters has said, I too am just coming to terms with thinking of myself as a business. Getting myself – and the business – out there seems a logical thing to do and you make it sound unbelievably easy!

    Many thanks,

    Nick

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    sue ritchie Reply:

    Hi Nick
    I’m in a similar situation, and yes, she makes it sound very easy doesn’t she?!
    Sue

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  7. I’m sorry, what’s that ‘phone thing you mentioned? lol

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    Karen Skidmore Reply:

    It’s got numbers on -used to be a dial – and rings loudly if someone calls you HeHe!

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  8. I was just sliding into Faff mode – well done for snapping me out of it!

    right, 2 more emails before lunch …

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  9. Really encouraging article, Karen. I’m just coming to terms with thinking of myself as a business. I guess that sounds a bit weird, but I’m a toastmaster and have only recently made the step of thinking of myself as a business and behaving accordingly. I know I’ve got a good service to sell, but sometimes the task of getting it out there seems too huge. You’ve helpfully broken it down for me and I’m pleased that I’m already doing some of the things you recommend, such as regular blogging. Thank you!

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  10. Morning Karen!! I’m a big fan of setting clear intentions as they’re much more likely to keep you focused on what you need to do rather than woolly ones. And like that you’re encouraging people to be realistic as to what they can achieve. You can always go for more, but if you set your targets too high, you just feel disappointed with what you haven’t achieved, rather than excited about what you have done.

    That said, to go back to the title of your blog, I’m also quite a big fan of faffing. Sometimes it’s difficult to get our minds focused, and when we have days like that we should (if we can, depending on what we’ve got on for that day) listen to our bodies that are trying to tell us we need a little brain down time. I also find that when I unplug my brain and just let it float (yes, planet Jean is a nice place to be), it’s amazing what ideas and insights then flow into my consciousness. Trick is always to make sure you have the means to capture your insights when they happen.

    Have a great day everyone, whether you’re focused and productive, or faffing and productive in a different way!!!

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    Karen Skidmore Reply:

    Floating is good too. I’ve been doing a little of that this morning and it’s helped me write out a small list of the projects I want to focus on and want to have achieved before my kids break up (again!)

    Just as long as that floating faffing translates in actionable tasks that help the dreams happen :)

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  11. “It’s the little daily stuff that makes it all happen.”

    You crystallised the point just perfectly! A former boss of mine at a creative agency used to say that big projects often look like an enormous ball of tangled yarn. Just go and find the end and then slowly start to unravel it. Before you know it, you’re making good headway. Thanks for a good anti-procrastination post!

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    Karen Skidmore Reply:

    Love the ball of wool analogy Kimmo!

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  12. Sarah Wood

    This is a great focusing article that made me thinnk more about breakdown into very specific tasks – a real reminder of how micro-tasking can help you achieve more in a more structured way – thanks!

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    Karen Skidmore Reply:

    you are very welcome Sarah :) Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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