Anyone can write a to-do list, but it is another thing altogether to be able to get it DONE! It is not some special person that gets it done and he or she does not have some type of secret or special ability that you don’t have. What they do have, however, are some tips that forces them to get it done and maybe even leave some time for more. Think that it is not possible for you? You couldn’t be more wrong. These tips will work for anyone, but they can be difficult to do. Here are my tips on how to complete your to-do list every time!
1. Write the list correctly: There is a certain way to write a to do list to make sure that what is on there is actually the correct items. You can read more about that here.
2. Get a gauge on time: If you only have 3 hours to work on a particular day, don’t put a 4 hour project on it. That is setting yourself up to fail. This may seem militaristic, but time yourself on how long it takes to do the items on your list that you do regularly. This will let you know if you have put too much on your list or too little.
3. Cut the distractions: This one has to be the worst for small business owners, especially the ones that work from home. I suffer from it and I’m sure that you suffer from it as well. Since you don’t have a boss glaring over your shoulder, it can make you believe that you have a little more freedom. Other than emergencies, if someone needs you, you get up. You take that telephone call or respond to that text. You answer those Facebook messages or open up tabs to catch up on your latest shows.
I’ve just busted you on your dirty little secret.
Most of the items on your to-do list don’t take as long as you think that you do. If you claim that you have been working ALL day and that list is not done, then you either violated rule 1 or 2, or you were messing around with distractions.
It’s not easy to shut down the tab windows you are not using.
It’s not easy to put your phone on vibrate and not touch it unless it is an emergency.
It’s not easy to jump every time that someone needs you or think that you can multi-task and clean the entire house while you are working.
You can’t do it all. And it’s OK.
Cut the distractions out. If you know you can schedule your social media in 45 minutes and it’s 2 hours later, what have you been doing? It hasn’t been all social media now has it?
The truth hurts, but it can also set you free.
Multi-tasking is overrated when it comes to working in your business. Get the crap done that needs completed and don’t stop until each item is done. I know it’s hard, but if you do that, I can all but GUARANTEE you that you will see immediate results in what you get done.
Don’t believe me?
Give it a try!
Heather Santo is a certified Virtual Administrative Consultant with over 15 years of customer service experience. She also spent time in corporate America as a Human Resources Manager performing generalist duties and specializing in recruiting. She now enjoys using her talents to serve her clients and help them to operate their businesses efficiently. She specializes in Aweber, Pinterest, WordPress Thesis, Gratitude Concierge Work and social media content graphic creation.
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