How to Tackle the Daily Tasks: The Short List
I like the number "3" in my daily life. It's the trifecta of awesomeness, not too much and not too little.
I'm all about bridging efficiency into my life, and setting realistic expectations for myself that are achievable. I want to leave my business days proud of the job I accomplished, and sometimes just saying I can shut down the computer when I finish my tasks and play outside is a worthwhile investment.
So, I create a short list each day to work on the core tasks in my business.
My short list tasks are the top priorities for the day. Usually it’s 1-3 items, but sometimes I’ll have 5 tasks if there are tasks that won’t take more than 15 minutes to complete. I find it best to write down tomorrow's short list at the end of my workday. The work is fresh in my mind, and I have a more laser focused attitude towards the future.
The top thing to know about your Short List tasks is that it can include batching work, but your top focus should be with the purpose of making your business life better, providing better resources/efficiency for your clients, and/or making strides towards long term growth.
Too often, I see business owners overworking themselves by creating an ever growing list. The longer the list, the easier it is to avoid the hard task or take the risk. The easier it is to pretend everything in your day is equally important (spoiler alert: it’s not). The easier it is to tell yourself you were productive and worked SO HARD, but didn’t actually move the needle. In turn, keeping you exactly where you are today, or not as far ahead as you would like.
So, cut back your list to the essentials. Cut back your list where you face the important pieces only, and let the rest go. They’ll hit the list when they’re actually important. And this isn’t your ideas list. This is your get shit done list.
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