Build a Better To Do List

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Hi everyone! I’m convinced that one of the reasons I’m able to “get so much done” is because of my to do list strategy. I know many people wake up and fly by the seat of their pants, but not me.

So I wanted to share a few tips on how to make your to do lists more effective based on what I, myself do.

Write It at the Right Time

I always write my to do list for the day the night before. At the end of each day, I open my spiral notebook (hey did you know it’s proven that handwriting things helps you form a bigger attachment of personalization to them and also helps you remember them better?) and I write the list.

I do it the night before because I want to hit the ground running the second my coffee cup is drained. If I have to wake up and think about what I want to get done, it slows my productivity.

Use the Pyramid Technique for Organization

I always like to start with a broad outline where everything I could HOPE to get done is included. Then I organize them into a pyramid of sorts (not literally, but figuratively) where the most important tasks are on the top.

The rest is, “if miracles happen and I get everything else done, here’s some more I can work on.” Basically, the top tier are money tasks, of course – and if not money, then high responsibility tasks, like keeping promises.

Drill It Down

I never just say something like, “Promote So-And-So’s PLR.” Instead, I’ll add the steps, including:

– Bookmark JV page and Affiliate Page
– Download review copy
– Go through content
– Brainstorm Tiff’s Tips or Domains
– Create Bonus
– Upload bonus to affiliate page
– Write up recommendation
– Queue up email

This makes it super fast for me to fly through tasks. And it helps because I’m seeing more items marked off my to do list and it accelerates my progress because I get all amped up. (Yes, I’m a dork – I take pleasure in accomplishments).

Have a Strategy for Getting Stuff Done that You HATE

There are just some tasks I DON’T wanna do! It’s stuff I dread and avoid. But I know it HAS to be done. So what I do is break that up into tasks and then do ONE per day.  So let’s pretend I hated reviewing products (I don’t).

That list above would be created earlier so that I could get ONE item done per day and it wouldn’t seem so dreadful or overwhelming.

To make this work, you have to really be organized to know what’s coming up. That’s why I use those free printable calendars. That way, every morning when I glance at it, I can see what’s happening 2-3 weeks out and get those dastardly tasks queued up so they don’t make me miserable.

Try it and see if it works better for you if you’re not getting things done like you’d like.

Tiff 😉

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9 Responses to Build a Better To Do List

  1. Theresa says:

    Thanks, hon! I can use all the help I can get! I’m getting better at it, but organization has never been a strong suit of mine. But I’m a whole lot better at it now than I was ten years ago, so that’s saying something! LOL! But I still have a long way to go. 🙂

    Thanks, again!
    ~Theresa

  2. Sam Lewers says:

    Love the idea of a pyramid – it’s easy to turn it upside down sometimes and work on the wrong ideas. Also, the ‘Drill It Down’ part is what I need to do – outline those steps and crank through them. Any other way is too vague and you just spend time trying to figure out the steps as you go. Thanks Tiff 🙂

  3. Ann Valentin says:

    Hey, Tiff,
    Okay, am gonna work with your tips. I’ve jotting on my calendar a couple of things for the next day, however, your drilling down method will work better for me.
    Thanks much!
    Ann

  4. Hi Tiffany,
    I’m such a fan of to-do lists. If I don’t check what I have to do in the morning, my day would be off. It will be ineffective!

    I like the way you use your pyramid technique. It’s a great visual that I just may have to copy for myself lol.

    Doing the most important task first that will be monetization is what we all need to do.
    Drilling down, our tasks become easier. And I never forget to put some “me” time in the mix.

    I do that because it quiets my mind and taking an hour or so out of my day helps me focus on my tasks.

    -Donna

  5. Edward says:

    Great post here Tiffany!

    I never heard of the Pyramid method before. It does sound good.
    I have though heard of the drill it down method. I try to work it in that way. And I know I should be pen and paper kind of deal as it gets into the brain better. I just do not care to sit way from the computer though I do have a business binder which I should be using for all my business needs.

    All The Best
    Your Fan
    Edward Haberthur

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