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4 Ways to Get Stuff Done


Studio Owner Article


Self-help and Life Enhancement Tips for the Business Owner

The hardest part in many cases is just getting started...

So, how do you start?

The scary truth is that, for most things, there are many places to get going, and trying to find the perfect spot is an exercise in futility. Don’t spend valuable time searching for an ideal beginning. Spend that time and energy working on something.

Start working. Find a place, any place, and start to work without motivation. Real inspiration is something you create and earn, and motivation can be manufactured merely by sitting down and starting. Action creates more action. If you wait for all the lights to turn green you will never leave your drive. Sometimes just starting anything is the toughest part. So start and see what happens.

Make a small snowball. Start with something tiny; write or just create lists for five minutes, do one little piece of a project, etc. and then stop, rest, reflect and then do a little bit more. It won’t be long before you see that little snowball grow. That one little to-do in my spark file was the small snowball for me. I wasn’t feeling anything at work, decided to explore ideas (by sitting down notes and thoughts) and... well, it turned into an avalanche of ideas that will likely carry me for a while.

Chip away. Keeping motivation up requires a connection to the work. Some days you won’t have it, and that’s ok, but don’t go too long without doing something, even if it’s minor. With my studio projects, I’ll organize my files or clean up layers on your desk when I’m not feeling it. When choreographing, I’ll lock myself in the studio or room in my house and ask not to be disturbed… Unless the building is on fire!

Stick with what’s working. When it comes to staying productive and motivated, sticking with what works is critical as long as it’s working. We fall victim to optimization obsession far too often. Remember, all that time you’re spending learning a new process or tool is probably better spent using what works to get something done. Only seek new tools and techniques when things aren’t working.

To make the most of this down time why not clean out your desk, clean up files or update your customer's contact info. Your list like mine, l am sure goes on and on. But I can tell you I have been crossing things off my list during this time and I have been feeling very productive.  As my list shrinks I have an incredible feeling of accomplishment!

The biggest point I can make is to "Just Do It!” yes an old slogan of Nike but the reality is that if you would just start doing something then things really do get done!

So go ahead and do something right now! :)

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Steve Sirico

Steve Sirico

Steve is co-founder of Dance Teacher Web the number one online resource for dance teachers and studio owners worldwide.He is Co-Director of the very successful D'Valda and Sirico Dance and Music Center in Fairfield, CT for the past thirty plus years. His students have gone on to very successful careers in dance, music and theater. Originally from Norwalk, Ct, Steve excelled in track and football. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin on a sports scholarship. Deciding to switch and make his career in the world of dance, he studied initially with Mikki Williams and then in New York with Charles Kelley and Frank Hatchett. He has appeared in a number of theatre productions such as Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls and Mame in New York and around the country and in industrials and television shows. He was contracted to appear as the lead dancer in the Valerie Peters Special a television show filmed in Tampa, Florida. After meeting Angela DValda during the filming they formed the Adagio act of DValda & Sirico appearing in theatres, clubs and on television shows such as David Letterman, Star Search and the Jerry Lewis Telethon. In 1982 they were contracted to Europe and appeared in a variety of shows in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Italy before going to London, England where they appeared as Guest Artists for Wayne Sleep (formerly of the Royal Ballet) in his show Dash at the Dominium Theatre. Author of his Jazz Dance syllabus and co-author of a Partner syllabus both of which are used for teacher training by Dance Educators of America, He has also co-authored two books one for dance teachers and one for studio owners in the "It's Your Turn" Book series. He is available for master classes, private business consulting and teacher training development

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