How to Get S&*t Done in 5 Steps

Posting for Guest Author: Alyssa Simpson

I think one of the most under-valued and important quality in evaluating candidates for a new position is measuring their ability to “GSD” (Get Shit Done) or even better GSDR” (Get Shit Done Right). It’s not about how smart you are, what you’ve done in the past, who you know, or even being in the right place at the right time. It’s how much I think you can accomplish with the least amount of guidance and overhead.

1. Know what’s important – and what isn’t important.

Most importantly – know where the goal posts are. How will you know that you are checking items off the list if you don’t know what is on the list to begin with? In starting a new role, or evaluating how to succeed in a current position, make sure you know what is important to accomplish and how you know you will have achieved it. Most positions aren’t as clear as hitting a sales quota – having a clear direct conversation with a manager can quickly put you on track to hit the right targets and leave you both feeling reassured and aligned.

2. Don’t be afraid of trying and failing.

So the goalpost might be really far away – and daunting. It is easy to feel overwhelmed. You need to start somewhere. Breaking up big items into smaller items will get you closer to checking items off. Start small and don’t worry about not getting everything exactly right. It’s okay to get it wrong the first few tries. Recover quickly and move on to a better plan.

3. Ask for help

Teamwork is by far the easiest way to accomplish anything hard. These days most anything of value comes from the hard work and dedication of a strong team – no one individual. Be clear on what your value is, and where you need help from others. Don’t be too proud or embarrassed to ask for help – everyone needs help.

4. Have perspective

So the goalposts moved half way through…bummer but no sweat! The world is changing fast – being accommodating and flexible to new ideas, goals, and requirements makes it easy to move on quickly to the new goal. It’s okay to change course (hopefully not every time) and re-evaluate a plan to meet accommodate an unforeseen obstacle or success.

5. Be grateful

Don’t be afraid of accomplishing more then you set out to accomplish. Often your goal will creep up on you from behind and remind you that you just knocked it out of the park and achieved even more then you set out for. Be grateful to those who helped along the way, and don’t forget to celebrate the win as a team!