How to get a lot done fast or more importantly, how to get a lot of the RIGHT stuff done fast.


You see there’s no success or failure in anything, whether it’s business, health or relationships. It all comes down to one inter-related factor: CHOICE and BEHAVIOUR.


Here I’m going to reveal my BIG secret and my secrets to getting a lot of the RIGHT stuff done that produces the vast majority of my success in business.


Strangely it’s one of the most asked questions I get so here goes…


Firstly and more importantly I operate on a principal I call “10 Number Ones”. What this means is instead of trying to do a hundred things well, I isolate somewhere between 5 and 10 projects I work on simultaneously and treat all of them with the same level of urgency. There is no sequential order to the 10 Number Ones and this is important. All the rest of the hundred I summarily banish to the “Lesser Mortal” stuff. In other words it’s not worth me personally dealing with it and more often than not, not worth anybody dealing with, for that matter.


You see it’s my experience that when you visit this “Lesser Mortal” pile of stuff that would suck up your time and energy, some months later you’ll find it took care of itself and was never really worthy of your attention. How do I identify what constitutes a “10 Number One” is that in some way it will or has the potential to contribute greatly to my end result. No surprises it comes down to beginning with the end in mind. If you don’t have a clear picture of what the end looks like, it’s unlikely you’ll ever achieve it. Instead you’ll be constantly taken off course by what I refer to as the next shiny object.


In any event, here’s the rest of my list in no particular order, which may serve you also:


  • A BIAS FOR MASSIVE ACTION: make sure the ones you act on are part of the “10 Number Ones”
  • The task determines the team: if you begin with the end in mind and know where you’re going, you know who you need to surround yourself with to make that task happen with speed and accuracy
  • Surround yourself with the right people: in my world, people who would ask more of me than I ask of myself
  • Your ducks will never line up: frankly you’ll never have enough money, time, resources and it’ll never be the right time
  • Perfection leads to paralysis: do it because it’ll never be perfect anyway. Test small, measure and adjust
  • Work fast – good enough is good enough: strongly related to the previous two behaviours
  • Don’t make other people’s problems yours: most people welcome other people’s problems. It’s almost a safe excuse and ‘get out of jail free’ card for poor performance
  • Delegate as much as you can: to people who are more qualified to get the task done
  • Work on what is most important and profitable first: always move to where the money is. Cash flow is king
  • Ruthlessly protect your time from time vampires: I go to work to work. I prefer to enjoy people’s company after hours
  • Don’t touch your emails: This allows other people’s problems to become yours early in the morning and hijacks the rest of your day’s planned achievements. At tops, check it once or twice per day. Wean yourself off if need be.
  • Environment – I isolate myself: I often take myself away by myself for a week or two in order to master a particular skill – for example marketing – and emerge a week later in the top 5% of the planet on the subject. I choose a nice part of the world to do this in so I get the best of both worlds.
  • Uninterrupted – I take no unscheduled calls: again, this allows other people’s problems to become yours and the door to my office is not revolving
  • Set time sensitive deadlines for yourself and others and be ruthless about it: I operate as if I’m always going on holidays and staff, clients and suppliers don’t always appreciate it.
  • I gather resources, people and information/knowledge: too many people leap first and ask questions later and then wonder what the heck happened. It would be a good idea to learn how to shoot a gun before you fire it
  • I use formulas that are highly predictable: never invent anything or have an original idea. Too bloody dangerous. It’s what I call high probability of success when you follow a formula
  • I have a list of what I will and won’t do for money: I’m often asked, in fact today and last week, whether I’d like to do this joint venture, invest in this project or that project. All were quickly dismissed with a swift sword because they did not meet my criteria of what I will and won’t do for money. Your list will be different to mine but make the list and be amused as your refusal to participate aggravates others.
  • I allocate time in blocks to tasks: fits in nicely with my “10 Number Ones” and I allocate time in blocks accordingly to each task. I do the same with clients’ projects – allocating uninterrupted time to their outcome. Works for me and clients’ don’t complain.

So there you have it. My list – which almost equates to a mini personal growth course on the subject of getting a lot done with speed and accuracy.

Plus, on a recent trip to Atlanta for Dan Kennedy’s Info Summit, I met with World Champion boxer George Foreman. He shared with the Summit his secrets to success and one of them was “Get up early!” Personally, I agree with him. In fact, I’m most often up at 5:30am and quite honestly, I get more done in the morning without the interruptions. So I also recommend following George’s advice here (and who would want to argue with a World Champion Boxer anyway!).

In any event, Movement Beats Meditation Any Day and the quicker you implement the changes the sooner your life will change.

All the best,
Mal Emery


Committed to Elevating the Financial Wealth and Wellbeing of Society
Through Entrepreneurial Excellence and Guilty of Conspiracy to Create Capitalism


P.S. If you’ve missed any of my previous Rants, I have them all available for you to see on my website.
Simply go to and enjoy!

Posted on November 30, 2009 - 08:32 PM

- Updated on November 30, 2009 - 08:32 PM

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samith pich

samith pich

  Thanks for the tips, it was worthwhile reading! :)

warm regards

Nov. 30, 2009, 1:54 PM  

Kim Martin

Kim Martin

  Sage advice as usual,I'd add start your day with an hour of power exercise!,Protein for breakfast also increases mental alertness.
Nov. 30, 2009, 8:21 PM  



  Great content Mal, really puts things into perspective and re-sets the focus.

Definately sharing this one with the colleagues.
Nov. 30, 2009, 11:02 PM  

Rodney joy

Rodney joy

  Thank you for you wise handown,it gives me a back up support while im on route to my personal successes in business and my lifestyle.

much appreciated mal.

sincerly .rodney.
Dec. 01, 2009, 1:03 AM  

Alex Ryan

Alex Ryan

  Great post Mal. Though I don't wake up until around 9am in the morning I agree you get a lot more done and am more productive in those early few hours.

I found not answering my emails to be the BEST way to be more productive, I was checking my email every hour and was getting NOTHING done. Now I check it twice a day and kazoom I'm the productivity king!

Speak soon Mal,
Dec. 01, 2009, 1:20 AM  



  Have done with fear and worry because worry is fear and one day we all must die and all that fear and worry is wasted.Meanwhile it incapacites our positive and productive thoughts.THen start each day as you would a new job. With as much possible enthusiasm.think possibility thoughts.
Dec. 04, 2009, 7:45 AM  

Lee Ward

Lee Ward

  Thank you for your tips on leveraging time plus the beneficial consequences of doing so.

Lee Aaron Ward, Architect
Jun. 07, 2010, 4:11 AM  

Perth Web Consultants

Perth Web Consultants

  Thanks Mal!

With a 1 year old a booming business and the launching of another this is my biggest challenge, I appreciate its concise nature...I dont have the time to read the book and with your article I don't need to its all there.

Be well

Jul. 08, 2010, 11:39 AM  
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