Like many of you I’m a busy soul with lots of balls in the air and heaps of things on my ‘To Do List’. Today I thought I’d share my strategy for working through the list to ensure maximum productivity is achieved.
Put simply when I look at my to do list I decide what I need to DELETE, DO NOW, DELEGATE or DELAY.
As I look at my list I ask myself …
Will taking this action help to bring my vision to life?
Will actioning this task move me toward achieving my goals?
If the answer to these questions is NO then more often than not I DELETE it from the list.
The next question I ask myself is …
What can I DO NOW that will have the biggest impact in bringing my vision to life and move me toward my goals and dreams?
Once I’ve identified what these things are they become a priority.
I then look to see what I can DELEGATE to others.
Whether it’s hiring a cleaner, someone to wash the car, take care of your data entry, or an element of your admin, learning to delegate frees you up to do things that only you can do. Whilst there may be a cost to delegate you’ll find that if you focus on income producing tasks during this time that you’ll generate more money than you spend on your hired help. Do it now activities can also be delegated to someone. Just because something needs to be done now doesn’t mean it needs to be done by you.
Next identify what you can DELAY.
Now this is a tricky one because it’s easy to delay things that are important especially if it’s an activity that you don’t really like doing. So be sure to keep a watchful eye out if you tend to do this. The way I decide what I will delay is by asking myself the question … If I choose to delay this task what will the effect be on my business? If there is a negative impact then I choose to DO IT NOW!
So now I’m curious to learn from you.
How do you manage your To Do List so you don’t hit overwhelm and get stuff done?
Please share in the comments sections below so we can learn and grow together.