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.