Chapter 5
Chapter 5: how to get jobs done
Chapter 5: how to get jobs done
What is the definition of ‘done’?

What is the definition of ‘done’?

‘Done’ is the past tense of ‘do’. When something is ‘done’, the ‘doing’ of something has stopped. Whatever it was that needed doing has been completed, finished.

Phew. A nice feeling. A motivating feeling. It’s good to get things done.

Of course, if our work was really ‘done’, we wouldn’t return to the office again, or fire up our laptops, check our messages, or put in a call. In reality, we all hope our work isn’t done.

So, what does it really mean to get something ‘done’?

It means to have passed a marker on a longer journey, to have completed a stage, to have achieved a certain standard, to have met a particular objective, to have progressed by a particular degree towards a particular destination.

And if life, as the old maxim has it, is about the journey not the destination, then it’s no different in the workplace.

Ultimately, all but the most generalized of business objectives will change over time – the market sees to that. Getting the job done, is less about reaching that final destination, and more about what achievements can be made along the way.

Whatever the size of the job, this same thinking applies. The ability to identify and complete tasks underpins most workplace achievements.

In many ways, getting things done is also about setting boundaries. The tasks you undertake are only part of a chain of processes that link you with your supply chain and your customers. Getting things done demonstrates that you understand your place in the chain, and completing your task allows someone else to start theirs.

This is how business is done – not with a wish-list but with a to-do list.

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