I can’t begin to describe how much this week’s blog series excites me.
I simply love time-saving tips, efficiency tricks, and overall ways to turn your business into a well-oiled machine…
…man, I get excited just typing about it.
So, anyways, today is my turn to share my “better business tip” and it just happens to be one of my favorite things to do.
No matter what task I’m doing, I have a list. Or the task itself is part of a list. I understand where you may think that would be annoying or more difficult than just doing the task, but let me tell you something…
I get far more done when I have a list than when I don’t.
It’s the truth! Here’s why:
When I have a list, I not only know what needs to be done, but I get the satisfaction of completing my list. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to “check off” the items I’ve done! Before I mastered the art of list-making, I sometimes forgot what that certain task was that I wanted to do today…until I’m reminded in the middle of the night. *sigh*
I Do More Than List-Making!
…I can help with your marketing, too!
How I Do It
First off, I get a pad of paper that makes me happy. (I do realize how silly that sounds.) It may be covered in my favorite design or color, or have my initials across the top, but whenever I look at it, it makes me smile.
The first thing I do every day is create a list on that pad of paper of things that MUST be done today. Some people designate a certain amount of time for each of the tasks on their to-do lists, and that’s awesome. However, I’m not that disciplined…so I just make a list of the tasks!
Whenever I make my list, I go in with the understanding that some tasks will take longer than others, and that I’ll need to stop for breaks. No matter what, I give myself realistic tasks and never put myself in the position where I have to rush through the tasks to get my list done. I also know that some things will come up through the day that don’t start out on the list…but guess what? They get added in!
Instead, I make a list of “extras” that would be nice to get done today. If I have extra time after the “MUSTS,” then I tackle the “extras.” Now I’m feeling overly productive! Whatever “extras” I don’t get to, I add to the list of “MUSTS” for tomorrow!
Again, you may think list-making is ridiculous or simply too much effort. But let me ask you to try it for ONE WEEK. You will be amazed at the amount of work you get done and the satisfaction it brings you! In my (always humble) opinion, list-making is the key to productivity. Give it a try and tell us what you think!