What's the best way to get something done?
Make a list? Prioritize? Delegate to someone else? There are lots of little ways to squeeze more productivity out of our time. But, I know at its core, getting things done starts with commitment.
Writing things down and visualizing your goals are good pieces of advice, but without commitment, your words won't mean anything. Ultimately, you're only being dishonest with yourself. If you're the kind of person who would never lie to other people, why deceive ourselves?
If you want to get something done, tell yourself you're going to do it, and just do it.
Keep your momentum moving forward. Be impatient to start and patient for results. You should feel a slight nervous uncomfortable tingling in your stomach; that means you're doing it right. When you have that feeling, it's time to ship.
Committing is really about the seeing the truth. What do I need to do now to make this happen? What efforts will I need to make? Answer these questions honestly. Once you understand your role, act. Make a commitment to yourself. Say, "I am going to do Y".
If you don't normally break your promises to other people, why break promises to yourself? Be honest. Be impatient to start and patient for results. You can do it, but you have to commit. Feel the nerves in your stomach. The professional skateboarder teetering on the edge of the ramp knows there are two options: stay put paralyzed with fear, or drop in and commit. When in doubt, keep moving forward, feel the rush of the air hit your face as you woosh down the ramp. If you fall, it's ok because at least you tried. You were brave enough to commit and you were honest with yourself.