By Anita Mitchell, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program and BOSS Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship Recipient
As I sat there staring at my copy of the Australian Financial Review, the banner line seemed to speak directly to me: “Are you Australia’s Top Emerging Leader – Apply Now” it read. Staring at it with some consideration, my initial thought was that the application process would take a lot of effort and I figured I sure wouldn’t win the competition, so why bother?
Over the next week, that ad kept following me around (kind of like buying a new car and suddenly seeing the same model everywhere you look). So I put together my application and three months later I was very surprised to have won the competition. I was slightly daunted, but mostly excited to be commencing the new Sydney MBA program.
So, what is the point of my story, you might ask? Well, it is a true reflection of my philosophy of just “Get Stuff Done” or GSD for short. GSD is my motto and guides me in my approach to my work. Put simply, my theory is that most people put off attacking the hard stuff. However, I’ve come to realise that if you do the challenging tasks first, you clear your day which can help make yourself a more productive worker, as goes the theory that was popularised in Brian Tracy’s book “Eat That Frog”. Once you have mastered GSD, it becomes quite addictive. At work we even have GSD days in my team where people are allocated a specific time and space to get things done without distraction.
When faced with difficult or complicated tasks, especially ones which I don’t enjoy doing, I strive to attack them as my first priority. By giving things a go and asking for help along the way, I’ve discovered that you gain momentum and avoid procrastination.
Looking back at the Emerging Leaders competition, think about how many people would have missed out on winning the competition just because they didn’t enter; even if they were extremely talented and capable.
Fortune favours the brave and those that give it a go!
This philosophy has served me well over the years. It has led to my proactive attitude towards committing myself to extra tasks at work that no-one else was bothered with or were too scared to attempt. It has also meant that I have delivered every task given to me, with extra time to spare. Fulfilling these tasks in such a way has gotten me noticed and I became a “safe pair of hands” and someone that was known as “going above and beyond”.
So stop reading this and find that item on your to-do list which you have been putting off. Just spend half an hour working on it because once you get the ball rolling, you’ll be half- way there to reaching its completion. So, go on, what are you waiting for??