How to get things done

Things to do to be productive without working 24/7.

I have a very busy life.

I am recovering from a colon cancer surgery and a three months hospitalisation and rehabilitation period following a failed laparoscopic cholecystectomy that went really bad.

I live with a very depressive and depressing woman.

I have to secure my future working as a Business Consultant; a Systemic Strategic Personal and Corporate Planner, a Crisis and Reputation Management Expert.

I am working with multiple clients at any given time.

I publish My Weekly Newsletters.

I publish my daily social media tips on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest and Tweeter.

I engage with hundreds of followers and, I still find time to spend some time with friends and go to the movies.

People are always asking me the same question: “How do you do it?” I don’t think of myself as being especially productive, but clearly other people do. So, I thought I’d share how I’m able to get everything done.

1.- I work for myself

Working for myself allows me to control most of my time and limits the distractions I have to deal with while working.

2.- I am big on process

I’m not super organized, but rather than focusing on outcomes, I am a big believer in developing processes to do things as efficiently as possible. I don’t spend my time reinventing the wheel every time I do something.

Three: I apply processes to my life

My work is not the only area in which I value processes. I use them in my life as well. This helps me develop habits and protect my work and life balance.

Four: I am a big fan of good writing

Writing comes relatively easy to me. I write well, fast and clean. This helps me writing anything in less time than it takes the average person.

Five: I am not a perfectionist

Generally, it doesn’t bother me to produce and release work that isn’t perfect. This is not to say that I don’t care about what I create. I still want it to be good, but I don’t agonize over every word or aspect of it.

Six: I know when to delegate and hire some help

While I’m basically a lone wolf, I don’t hesitate to hire and pay people to help me with things they can do a lot better, more efficiently and faster than I could do myself.

Seven: I am the master of my agenda

When scheduling meetings, I’m always first to suggest the date, time and location. I always try to schedule things based on what works best for me. Sometimes, this will not work and I would have to adjust but, I never just ask people; “When and where do you want to meet?”

Eight: I schedule every minute of my day, week and month

Every day, every week, every month and quarterly, early morning, I’ll schedule every minute of time. At the end of the day, productivity wise, it makes a huge difference.

Nine: I know when to take items out of my To Do list

I regularly take items out of my To Do list, things that I will never do and things that are not contributing in any way to what I really want to accomplish.

I’m also deliberate about taking on own new projects and avoid starting things without making a clear commitment to myself about how much time I will invest in them.

Ten: I am not afraid to quit doing anything when this is not working.

Failure doesn’t bother me much. I view it as a lesson learned and a step closer to an eventual success.

Eleven: The time I put into anything serves everything

I often recycle and repurpose my work. Long form blog posts become short form tweets, short form Instagram quotes become long form blog posts, old blog posts get re-shared, and on and on it goes.

One last word

I am also not afraid to say “No”. I am not afraid of avoiding and getting rid of toxic people.

Who needs the aggravation!


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Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Get Your Priorities Straight!

How on earth are you supposed to know the right path when you have no idea where you want to go or what you want to do?

Setting goals that are important to you is the first step to getting your priorities straight. Once you know what you really want to achieve, it is really easy to prioritize everything in your life and the only thing you ever need to ask yourself before considering doing anything is: “How is this helping me achieve my goals?”

If you say “YES” to everything, you don’t have any priorities. You get distracted and will never achieve any of your life goals. If you say “YES” to the wrong things, you go against your life priorities.

Saying “NO” over and over again to everything that is distracting you from your life aligned priorities is the only way to empower yourself and entitle you to live the life of your dreams, to live your preferred future.

Obvious instant-gratification activities like sitting in front of the TV set, partying for the sake of partying, unrelated goals meetings, calls, articles or online courses that will never help you achieve your goals are to be barred from your agenda or “To Do” list.

Starting your day checking your emails or chatting at the coffee machine will make it hard for you to gather the focus and motivation you need to tackle your most important tasks and projects at hand later in the day.

It does not matter WHEN you wake up. What matters is what you do when you wake up, what you do with the first two to three hours of your day. Putting in the work towards your goals will help you win the day early.

Postponing your most important tasks until later in the day will dramatically increase the likelihood of not getting them done at all.


J. Michael Dennis is a former Corporate and Business Law Attorney, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense & Free Speech helping you achieve greatness.

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