"When" is the Magic Word

The delightful movie "Harvey," stars Jimmy Stewart as a simple but eccentric man, Elwood P. Dowd.  Elwood's best friend is an invisible 6' 3.5" tall rabbit named Harvey.  During the movie, friends will politely suggest to Elwood that  he come over for tea some time.  As soon as he is asked, Elwood responds back, "When?"


When you sincerely suggest getting together with friends or relatives do you ask, "when" or does time go by and it doesn't happen?  Asking when and getting it on the calendar increases the likelihood of it taking place. 


"When" is a magic word to get things done.  As you create your to-do list, not only ask yourself, "What do I need/want to do" but continue with the follow up question, "When am I going to do it?"  Then write it or enter it into your calendar/planner/task list/app -- whatever you use to keep your tasks organized.    


Without the "when," a task, project or goal can get lost in a list of undone items.  "When" helps to focus you and give you a time frame for which to strive.  "When" helps drive the action.


Can it be that simple that to get something done you have to ask "when will I do it?"  No, not really but it is the foundation of solid planning and execution of tasks like scheduling time to get together with friends. 


Next Steps   


1.  Identify what you want or need to do.

2.  Ask yourself, "When will I do it?"

3.  Enter it into your calendar, planner or planning app on that date

4. Do it!


Try these four steps and see what happens.  Become like Elwood P. Dowd and make things happen (with or without Harvey).

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