To-do list or not-to-do list..that is the question.
If you go and Google this topic, there are literally millions and millions of tips, tricks, hacks and links to help you get started.
There are many who vote for the to-do list and then there are just as many who prefer to wing it, memo it, tab it, Trello it and to NOT have a list at all.
Not everyone runs on lists, but if you’re struggling to reach a goal, or find yourself sidetracked more than you would like, a to-do list in the style that works for you can help.
I have had so many people ask me, “Bron, you look like you are so organised and focused. How do you do it? How do you run your own business and actually get things done?”
That’s an interesting question!
Here’s it is – the secret to my success of staying focused and staying organised.
Are you ready?
Prioritising and focusing on the task with the highest return. That’s it! Deciding what to work on now (what task has the highest return value) and what to leave for later (what task has the lowest return value).
When building a business – you are responsible for everything: marketing, sales, deliverables – all of it. You are focused on the big picture and it can be overwhelming. This overwhelming feeling can ultimately lead to the state of doing absolutely nothing.
I think lists certainly help get us to reach our goals and break the times of overwhelm, especially when they are reverse engineered, let me explain.
REVERSE ENGINEER GOALS
Think of a major event, workshop or deadline you want to make.
Let’s say its an online workshop in 6 weeks time.
There are loads of things you need to get done to run this successful online workshop, things like…
- Course outline
- Creating the online event on Zoom
- Social media calendar and planner
- Landing pages
- Sales funnel
- e-Commerce to take payments
- People to collaborate with
- Event creation on social media and more…
Not to mention Facebook ads, LinkedIn campaigns, newsletters, emails and pre-work.
For me, I believe the best way to pull this off is to start with the end first.
The end in this scenario is running the online workshop…yes, where the workshop is complete, attendees are on Zoom with you and it’s all action stations.
Start with the end in mind and work back week by week, it can then be broken down in days.
The good old 30-60-90 day plan works a treat.
Where so many people get caught out is not only creating the plan but sticking to it as well….consistently sticking to the small steps you have set, and ticking them off one by one.
WHERE TO START
CHOOSE YOUR MEDIUM
Research tells us that writing things down tells our brains it’s important. But if writing is not your thing, there are loads of productivity tools and personal apps not to mention to-do list style apps to choose from.
Because technology changes so frequently, check out the links here and do a quick search yourself, there are some brilliant apps out there.
For those who prefer to write (like me) get a notebook in your favourite colour, get your pens out and get ready to start.
GET IT DOWN IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS
One of my favourite tools to use when I have too much going on, where my plate is full and I need to do some clearing is to do what I call the ’10-Minute Reset’.
Get your favourite pen and notebook out, ma