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With a ton of things on your plate as solopreneur in addition to all of the other hats that you wear in life, it’s important to know how to get from “to-do” to “done”.  There are of course tools that can support you, but you also have to incorporate habits and rules that support you when it comes to getting things done.

First of all, you have to know what’s important and how to prioritize things so that unimportant things don’t end up on your list of tasks to complete.  If a task isn’t directly related to a goal that you’ve created or running your business, then chances are that it’s not important.  If that’s the case, then it doesn’t deserve your time.  If it’s something that has to get done, delegate it so that you can focus on the important things.

Next, you have to understand how you operate.  For instance, what happens when you’re working on a project?  Do you get off to a slow start, get stuck in the middle of things or does your challenge come at the tail end of things?  Know how you operate and you make it easier on yourself when it comes to getting to completion with your projects.  Create the momentum that you need to keep things moving throughout the entire process to get it done. Learn what works for you and continue to use it.

As you work your way through your projects, be sure to keep track of the time that it takes to complete them and for the individual pieces as well.  Compare your actual time to the time that you estimated so that you’ll be able to better estimate the amount of time that you need to get things done.

Finally, you have to be in action around the things on your to-do list.  If not, you end up with a ton of tasks that aren’t even started.  Take each project and break it down into smaller, bite-sized pieces so that you can work toward completion one step at a time.  When you face those things that you just don’t like to do, delegate them or jump in on them and work for shorted periods of time and keep plugging away until it’s complete.  Keep control of the things on your plate to keep them from controlling you.  When you stay at the helm you stay in control, which makes it much easier for you to get from “to-do” to “done”.

How many days have you looked at a long to-do list and wondered how everything was going to get done or where to start? How do so many things end up on your list, where do they come from and how do you get it all done? Life moves so fast and things get lost in the shuffle. There are things that we miss or don’t get done because we don’t have things in place to support us. There are particular steps and habits that you can create to support you in becoming a task master that will get you through your to-do list every time.

So, let’s look at how things end up on your to-do list. Are you creating daily tasks based upon the larger projects that you’re working on or are you creating lists randomly?  How you create your list makes a big difference when it comes to getting it all done.  The first key to becoming a task master is being a master at determining what goes on your list.  If your daily lists are being created based upon the projects that you’re working on, the tasks are focused and related to something that’s important or something that you value.  If your daily lists are being created randomly, they are likely to include things that aren’t important or even relevant.  Those are the things that will waste your time.  Only add things to your list that are related to the goals or projects you are working on and other things that are important and relevant.  This helps you weed out the unimportant tasks and things that can be delegated and keeps you focused on what’s important.

The second key is knowing when to do what.  Know your priorities and stick to them.  Priorities should be created when your projects and goals are created.  If the projects and goals that you’re focused on don’t have a priority attached to them, determine them.  Once you know your priorities for each, you know the priority of the related tasks as they filter down to your daily to-do list.  This has you be in the practice of scheduling your priorities and not prioritizing your schedule.

The third key to being a task master is personalizing everything.  Know the time of day that you are at your best mentally and physically and use that time to carry out your top priority tasks so that you’re not working against your grain.  Organize your work space according to how you work and assign a place for everything so that it’s easily accessible.  This way you’re not wasting time looking for things.  You’re working on the tasks at hand.

These three keys will keep your daily to-do list trim and fit, with no extra filler.  Be particular about what you give your time to.  If something doesn’t fit, don’t give your time to it.  Always keep your priorities in mind and allow them to guide you.  There will be many things that will try to get your attention and your time, but you get to choose how you spend your day.  Stick with habits that support you and you will be able to get it all done.  You will be a task master.

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