To run a successful business, you want to have three letters after your name--but no, those letters aren't MBA. Do you GSD (i.e., Get S-- Done!)?

For an entrepreneur balancing the endless juggling act that is growing a company, you need a ruthlessly get-stuff-done approach. You and your team can apply these three tips as a diagnostic to tell when it is time to pause, take a step back, and re-align with a GSD mindset to get on track for greater success.

  1. Create a life raft to save you from drowning in to-dos.

A counter-intuitive but critical point is that to-do lists can actually be the enemy of GSD. Putting something on paper means you risk it falling into the dark vacuum of to-dos. It may seem relatively minor if a task isn't taken care of day-of, but it's actually quite the opposite: allowing a task to roll over can turn that one task into many more. At that point, getting it done will involve getting a reminder, asking for the status, waiting for a reply, etc., etc., etc...

Why put it on a list when you could do it, right now, and get it out of the way? If a task can be done immediately, commit to the two-minute rule (if you can take care of it in two minutes or less, do so right away. Done!). If not, decide whether this type of task merits a more permanent system to get it off your desk for good. This is the beauty of a truly GSD mindset: it highlights opportunities to make your business leaner and more effective, freeing up your time and focus. This frees you, period.

  1. Has there been an uptick in errors? Fix things ASAP.

If things aren't accurate, then that's a clue they aren't getting done in a GSD fashion. When you look through a GSD lens, the most frustrating instances in any workday transform into the most helpful. Every error is a growth opportunity, and a pattern of repeated errors is an especially golden one. These serve as bright red flags alerting you that there is a process which needs to be re-evaluated, streamlined, or overhauled for the long-term good of your company.

True efficiency is not getting more done more quickly, but getting things right the first time. This saves multiple conversations, cuts down on distractions, and gives you back some of your most precious resource--time.

  1. Answer honestly: Do you need to slow down?

Related: you might need to slow down to save time. When GSD is followed, tasks need only be done once. This can mean investing more time on the front end to prevent errors throughout the whole process. Getting something done twice will actually take more than twice as long.

When fully embraced, these three letters will make your workload lighter, your day easier, and your communication smoother. You can focus on impactful, big-picture projects rather than getting caught in the weeds. With a GSD mindset you free up time for what truly matters, in your business and in your own life.