4 Steps To Better To-Do Lists

A successful business is an organized business. As you know, working from home as an entrepreneur, there is a lot to organize and do everyday to run and grow our businesses successfully.

But despite all the things you have to do, you probably have days where at the end of it, you think to yourself….“I got jack squat work done today!”

Sometimes there are just so many things to do that we run around like we’re on fire and don’t get any productive work done.

We’re all over the shop, doing little bits over here and little bits over there but never getting any real solid work done.

That’s where a “To-Do” list becomes a life (and time) saver.

A “To-Do” list gives us direction and helps us focus on the most important tasks of the day.

Have you ever used a “To-do” list? If not, why not?

If you are, then you’ll know how this simple little system can have big payoffs.

Here are my tips for using “To-Do” lists in for my home internet business.

Step 1. All you need to make the most basic to-do list is a scrap piece of paper and a pen.

But you probably won’t want scrap paper littering your desk. Instead, invest in a whiteboard you hang on your wall or a weekly planner you keep on your desk, like me.

Some people might use software or have a “to-do” list file on their computer, but I find that a real thing I can look at anytime is much better.

Step 2. Then you write down all the things you want or need to do.

They can be things you need to do today, tomorrow or this week. Write them down in any order for now.

When you can see all the things to do in front of you, you can free up space in your head. it might sound silly, but that’s how I feel.

I can see what I have to do at a glance so I don’t have to think about it constantly. I know which tasks are most important too, but sometimes I will circle or highlight ones that are a high priority.

Step 3. Then, keep it nearby. Don’t forget about it. When you get distracted, look at the list.

You might not want to do some of the tasks. If they seem too daunting, break them down into smaller tasks.

When you think of a new task to do, write it on the list.

Step 4. When you complete a task, put a line through it.

This is when you feel a little warm feeling of accomplishment and a little less weight off your shoulders.

When you have your work set out in front of you, and not all jumbled in your head, it makes getting work done a heck of a lot easier.

If you’re not already using a To-Do list, try it and see how much more productive you can be with your time.

Stu Sensei

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4 Responses to “4 Steps To Better To-Do Lists”

  • Norman Macey on January 9, 2010

    Another cracking post Stu

    We all need to get this one right to succeed.

    Norman

  • Graham Hall on January 8, 2010

    More good down to earth info Stu. I went the whiteboard route and found that works best for me. It’s right in front of me and easily kept up to date, much better than notes on paper.
    .-= Graham Hall´s last blog: How To Get A Top 10 Google Ranking In Minutes =-.

  • Martin Bigler on January 8, 2010

    Very useful Stuart as most people think they are well organised but actually don’t do their tasks in proper manner, get always distracted, etc.

    Already for some years, the last thing I do after the every day work, is writing a a task list with the 3 most important things on top. The list must contain at least 5-6 to do tasks. The next day I must start with the first task and finish it. The goal is to finish at least the top 3 tasks. Further I leave 2 hours for distractions like phone, mail reading, etc. I only read my emails once a day around lunch time.

    It was quite hard to tame my habit to do what I like first and set aside the difficult work. But once used to folllow my task list strictly, I gained a lot of time, freedom and the best – working is a pleasure again!

    In that sense, you are totally right Stuart.

    Martin

  • Col on January 8, 2010

    Great Stu.. Simple but very effective. I’m off to get a new notepad to keep by my computer 😉

    Cheers,

    Col
    .-= Col´s last blog: Building Content Rich Pages =-.

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