How To Get Sh*t Done

Cosmopolitan - South Africa|May 2020

How To Get Sh*t Done
Calling all procrastinators: sometimes getting started on a new project or goal can be the hardest part. Here’s how to stop putting it off and actually press go
Bethan Rose Jenkins and Cyan Turan

Reading this as an excuse not to get started on that book idea or work project? You’re not alone. When it comes to achieving our ambitions, it can be all too easy to put off what needs to be done. Whether it’s because of fear, busyness or, er, a new season dropping on Netflix, there always seems to be an excuse not to take that first step. Enter transformational mindset coach Noor Hibbert, who’s created a productivity plan to get what you want. Her advice comes from experience – she describes herself as ‘a recovering depressive, anxiety-sufferer, life-plodder and self-confessed drama queen’, and yet she launched a successful business now worth six figures, and forged a new career in coaching. This is her blueprint for success.

1 Visualize your dream career Everything we see – buildings, clothes, Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits – starts off as ‘a thought, a daydream or desire’, says Hibbert. ‘Think of a tomato seed – yes, really. The seed is the “idea” behind a tomato. We don’t doubt that if we plant that seed, water it and give it sun, a tomato will appear. In the same way, our thoughts are seeds that can manifest into our goals in real life, but they won’t unless we take action.’

The first step is to decide what you really want from your career. ‘Imagine yourself 10 years down the line with everything you desire,’ says Hibbert. ‘Let your mind’s eye step into your future life. Now, think of five things that you would feel and believe if you actually were that person you want to become, and absorb yourself in them in the present. For example, if you were the CEO of your own company, would you feel nervous going to those networking drinks? Go along and begin to embody the person you want to become. If you desire something, feeling happy, energised and in the right frame of mind is key to taking action towards achieving it.’

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