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3 Secrets to Getting Things Done, Part 2

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Here are some more personal strategic planning techniques to increase productivity and get things done:

4. Increase productivity by setting deadlines. To improve your personal strategic planning, set deadlines for important goals and stick to them. Having a deadline forces you to work harder and more effectively as the deadline approaches. A goal or an assignment without a deadline has no motivational force behind it. It creates no compulsion for closure. It is something that you easily procrastinate on.

In order to increase productivity and start getting things done more efficiently, set deadlines for everything you do. Promise other people you will finish certain jobs by the deadlines you have set. When you promise others, you motivate yourself to fulfill the promise. When you place your honor and your ego on the line by making promises to others, you find yourself internally driven and motivated to get things done on schedule.

See also: 3 Secrets to Getting Things Done, Part 1

5. Maintain a steady pace. Don’t rush around frantically to get a job done. Maintain an easy pace and work steadily. Remember the fable of ‘‘The Tortoise and the Hare’’? Highly productive people work with a certain rhythm which allows them to complete enormous amounts of work without becoming stressed or anxious. A hallmark behavior of successful salespeople is the ability to focus on one thing at a time. They do the most important task in front of them, and they stay with that task until it is complete.

6. Think about results. Being results-orientated is a key quality of all peak performers. Through practice and repetition, it is possible to develop the ability to concentrate single-mindedly on a task. Keep at it until it becomes an ingrained habit of success.

Once you develop the ability to get things done, it will serve you for the rest of your life and in all areas of your life.

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Brian Tracy is the CEO of Brian Tracy International, which specializes in business training, and the author of the best-selling Psychology of Achievement. For more information, go to


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