As a mom who works from home running two small businesses, I can tell you that my to-do list seems to never end. Each and every day I wake up with a new game face on, a coffee cup by my side, and I just know I am ready to tackle what the day has for me. That all cannot get done without me being able to remember it all which is why I have a to-do list. Grab a paper and pen because you are going to want to write down these things I am going to share on How I Crush My To-Do List Every Day!
How I Crush My To-Do List Every Day
To-do lists are a great way to visually see everything you need to do on any given day. They are a huge help in making sure I am managing my time wisely and being efficient in my business. If you are wanting to crush your next to-do list, check out a few things I do…
For me, my day doesn’t start until I have a little pick me up. I need something that is hot (especially since it’s now cold outside) and something that will get my creative juices flowing. I can’t think of anything better than a little bit of Pumpkin Spice. However, I don’t head to my nearest coffee shop because let’s face it, coffee is NOT cheap. Instead, I make my own brew at home. I chose to use the Dixie® To Go cups because they are easy to use and instead of washing my coffee cup time and time again, I can recycle them and be on my way. Did I also mention they are great for on-the-go business? They allow you to enjoy your hot beverage confidently with a leak-resistant lid & insulated layer gives you the best on-the-go experience. Total win in my book!
Once I’ve got a little bit of energy, I sit down and jot down my to-do list. I list everything from most important to least important. I have found that I am more successful at completing tasks if I actually take the time to write them down. I have what you like to call “mommy brain” so without some sort of organization or way to keep track of what I need to do, I’ll forget.
Now, once I have my list written out, I begin to work my way from most important to least and do that until I run out of time. It’s very important to me that I am spending time with my family since I work from home but also, I want to give them my uninterrupted attention. Setting time for work and personal time is how I do it. So, if something on my list doesn’t get done in that amount of time, it will be moved onto the next day (just as long as it’s not an emergency).
Another way I help crush my to-do list is that I set a timer. There are so many (easy) ways to get distracted like Facebook *cough* *cough*. If you get sucked into being on social media, you can literally waste hours of time without even knowing and that means that to-do list hardly got anything crossed off. Not only does not getting something done become such a downer, it also doesn’t give you that satisfaction you feel from completing your goals and tasks. So set a timer and allow yourself a specific amount of time to do something. For example, I answer emails for only 15 minutes and I also only allow myself 10-15 minutes to be on social media. All the other times, those windows are closed and I am working on other things.
The last tip I can give you is to ASK FOR HELP. Many of us love that sense of independence and knowing things get done right so we do it all or least try to do it all ourselves. Let me tell you, if it weren’t for the help of my husband and even family, I couldn’t do it. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to take care of my family, my home, my businesses, and me. You are so important in everything that you do that you have to remember to take care of yourself. So hire out anything you can whether it’s cleaning or running errands. Ask your spouse, friend, or family for help. It will relieve time and allow you to tackle what is really important and that is everything on your to-do list. Having that help and support from your friends and family is HUGE. My husband is my biggest supporter in everything I do and I am truly lucky for that.
What are your best tips for tackling your to-do list daily?
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