Getting Shit Done starts with goals. Goals are the guide and the glue.
Dorothy comes up to you and asks, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
You know she wants to get to Oz, so, if you know where Oz is, you can help her.
“Follow the Yellow Brick Road.”
Alice comes up to you and asks, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
But she doesn't know where she wants to go, so you turn into a philosophical sarcastic dickbag.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
(Note to those that email me and ask me questions without also mentioning their goals: I'm not trying to act like the Cheshire Cat. You just left me no choice.)
(also, having no goal is fine if you want to embrace randomness and maybe not get anywhere.)
so the first thing you need in order to Do Work and Get Shit Done is set goals.
if you don’t have goals, you’re like Alice.
you’re asking people for advice, directions, strategies, tips, tricks, tactics, hacks, <SOMEBODY KILL ME>, but no one can give you any of these things (in a helpful way) unless you have a goal.
What do you want to be?
What do you want to have?
What do you want to be capable of?
What do you want to accomplish?
These are questions you need to ask yourself.
Most people start with general goals.
Play piano better
General goals are fine (for now), but think about making them more specific.
how much fat do you want to lose?
how much muscle do you want to build?
which song do you want to play well?
Making a goal more specific makes it easier to visualize what you’re striving for (which can help make it feel more tangible), and it also helps with (a) focus and (b) feedback.
I want to be a better trickster. Okay. What does that mean? If this is your goal, what's the next step? There is none, really…except for defining what “better trickster” means (to you). Because there are a zillion different tricks and combinations.
I want to learn the butterfly twist. Okay, cool. This is a more specific goal, so now you know what not to look at (focus). And it's easier to see if you're making progress as you move along (feedback) because there's a defined finish line.
Specific goals have direction built into them.
But even a general goal works for now.
Because, even though goals are a big deal (and absolutely necessary), they’re also absofuckingloutely childish.