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To-Do ListDo you have a to-do list? If so, is it an active, effective one? I’m not talking about a list that has all kinds of things piled on it, some things done, maybe crossed off; others just there. I don’t mean a list that things have been on for so long you might not even remember what some of them are related to or why you added them in the first place. If that’s what your list looks like, it’s time to clean it up and if you don’t have one, it’s time to change that!

Having a to-do list to help manage the many things on your agenda is a key factor in the game.  If you use one effectively on a regular basis, you’re someone who’s committed to productivity.  If you don’t have one, you might be stuck in the overwhelm conversation from the amount of things you have to do and you may be forgetting or not getting to the important things.

If that’s where you are, take a moment to think about what having and effectively using a to-do list will do for you. What would that look like? Let me share some of the advantages with you:

  • All of your tasks are in one place and prioritized
  • Being able to clearly see what needs to be done
  • Prioritizing keeping you on track
  • You are organized, and more efficient
  • Not being stressed by unimportant tasks
  • Your complete, prioritized to-do list drives your time management system

Without a solid to-do list you lack focus and you’re not as efficient or reliable to those around you.  If you have a to-do list, is it doing these things for you?  If not, chances are that it’s not up to date, contains old, unfinished items and you don’t update it on a regular basis as one of your practical systematic pieces.

 


To-Do ListGot a long to-do list and wondering 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 you continually add things to your plate without even thinking. There are things that you miss or don’t get done because you don’t have things in place to support you. 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, so you have to 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.

 


To-DoList-RedHaving a to-do list to help manage the many things on your agenda is a key factor in the game.  If you’re using one effectively on a regular basis, you’re someone who’s committed to productivity.  If you don’t have a to-do list, chances are that you are stuck in the overwhelm conversation from the amount of things you have to do and you may be forgetting important things.

So the question I have for you is, what are you doing? More importantly, who is it that you’re being when it comes to taking on daily tasks and reaching their associated goals? Taking things step by step is what gets you the results you’re looking for. But what people miss is taking a look at who it is they’re being in every moment to support the things that need to be done to get to Point B.

Let’s look at things from the practical side first. If you’re in the overwhelm conversation because there’s so much to do and you’re forgetting things, take a moment to think about what having and effectively using a to-do list will do for you. Some of the advantages are:

  • All of your tasks are in one place and prioritized
  • Being able to clearly see what needs to be done
  • Prioritizing keeping you on track
  • You are organized, and more efficient
  • Not being stressed by unimportant tasks
  • Your complete, prioritized to-do list drives your time management system

Without a solid to-do list you lack focus and you’re not as efficient or reliable to those around you.  If you have a to-do list, is it doing these things for you?  If not, chances are that it’s not up to date, contains old, unfinished items and you don’t update it on a regular basis as part of a time management system.

Now let’s look a bit deeper, beneath the surface. It’s important to have the practical systematic pieces in place to support you, but you also have to consider what’s going on at the core of the matter. This calls for looking at not what you’re doing, but at who it is you’re being. At times you get caught up in the to-dos and struggle to get things done because you haven’t considered who it is you need to be to take on the things on your agenda. It’s typical when you’re up to something much bigger and working on the things that stretch you. You’re reaching for something that’s outside of where you are now, but attempting to do so while being the same way that you’ve been to get to the point that you’re at right now.

As you look to the new things that are on your plate, take a step back and look at who it is you have to step into being to accomplish each one of them and make a list associated with each goal. Keep it handy right along with the goals you create to remind you each day of who you have to be so that you can accomplish the things that you set out to do. Look at the practical side of things and what has to be done to whip things into shape, setting up what you need to support you, but also take that deeper look within to help you extend your reach and have it exceed your grasp.

 


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”.


With the fast pace at which we all move and the multiple hats we all wear, it’s easy to have what seems like and endless number of things to do.  The demands on our time being what they are make it even more important to be organized and on top of your game.

Having a to-do list to help manage the many things on your agenda is a key factor in the game.  If you’re using one effectively on a regular basis, you’re someone who’s committed to productivity.  If you don’t have a to-do list, chances are that you are overwhelmed by the amount of things you have to do and may be forgetting important things.  If this is the case, consider what having and effectively using a to-do list will do for you:

  • All of your tasks are in one place and prioritized
  • You can clearly see what needs to be done
  • Prioritizing keeps you on track
  • You are organized, and more efficient
  • You’re not stressed by unimportant tasks
  • Your complete, prioritized to-do list drives your time management system

Without a solid to-do list you lack focus and you’re not as efficient or reliable to those around you.  If you have a to-do list, is it doing these things for you?  If not, chances are that it’ s not up to date, contains old, unfinished items and you don’t update it on a regular basis as part of a time management system.

If this is true and you’re ready to whip things into shape, start by getting the old items off of the list.  Apply one of the three D’s: get them done, delegate them or delete them altogether.  Add to your list all of the things that you have to do, then prioritize them.  I suggest that you also categorize them as well so that you can easily locate tasks and make updates to the list.  For example, some of the categories that I have are: personal, business development, products, health, etc.  Categorize your tasks in a way that works for you. If a task is going to take you longer than 15 minutes to do, create a block of time in your calendar.

Besides the key factors of containing all of your tasks and being prioritized, your to-do list has to be part of a time management system that contains a time management tool that fits your personality, an organized home or work space and established effective habits.  All the key elements of this system keep you from struggling and being busy with the unimportant, urgent things and take you to a place where you’re focused on what’s important and not urgent, which are the ideal tasks that you want to have on your list.  You’re organized, in control and on top of your game.

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