My days were often looking like that when I came back from SHINE. I would end my day defeated before the next day had ever begun. While the high of checking things off the list was there, the items left unchecked left me feeling less euphoric about what was actually accomplished.
For the past couple of weeks, I have had the great opportunity to work with a business coach to help make my business better. Tammy Redmon, from Redmon & Associates, has been working with me to help me reach my business goals. It has been such a unique experience for me because I am able to actually discover how valuable my time is, increase my productivity, and discover what can emerge from quieting the negative mind chatter that sometimes dictates my actions.
During one of our fist sessions she asked to see what I was working on this week. As I was carrying on and on about all that I was trying to tackle she offered a suggestion to stop, and look at how I'm creating my list. I never realized that I had my own unique way for organizing, prioritizing and accomplishing my action items!
Here are 5 Quick Tips that I have discovered for transforming your OUT OF CONTROL list making.
1.) Centralize your list.
If you find that your list is never ending it probably because it in three different notebooks, sticky notes, iphone notes and a variety of other areas. To make life easier every morning write what you would like to accomplish today. Stick to one notebook and do not start to mark up another page unless your finished with your first list.
2.) Banish your sticky notes.
I know you little clutter bugs love to decorate your laptops, desktops and any other surface with your sticky notes however, you need to stop! If you must use a sticky note, centralize it to your ONE notebook or on the specific topic at hand.
3.) Don't organize your thoughts.
Crazy right? Actually it's rather refreshing to let your brain dump onto the contents of a page first thing in the morning. Once you've done your dump, then begin to prioritize.
4.) Accomplish small items first.
Contrary to what has been said about tackling the big items first... I find that my clients don't follow through with that method. ;) If you enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishing your small tasks first, DO IT!
5.)Circle, Check Mark, Slash Method.
Unbeknownst to me, I have invented a method for list making! After you've done your brain dump for the day and prioritized you list. The second thing to keep you on track is to circle any unfinished tasks on your list, check mark, all the tasks you've accomplished, then slash the tasks which you've delegated or have deemed unnecessary.