As a small business owner you’re probably doing a ton of things yourself in your business – some you need to do but some also that maybe you shouldn’t be doing, right? In talking with hundreds of entrepreneurs every month I find that the majority of them (you/us) struggle with our to do lists. You’re either:
*Not sure what to even put ON your to do list
*Have an overflowing to do list – business and possibly www.businessshed.ca too
*Organizing your to do’s in a way that’s not easy for you to manage
*Not organizing them at all so you’re flustered every day with what to get done
*Ignoring your to do list altogether because it could be overwhelming
*Or you’ve got it down and thoroughly organized like a well-oiled machine
*Well, if you’re NOT in the situation of the very last point then you may be interested to know a few things you can do to better tackle your to do list.
The following are 4 tips I suggest to better manage your to dos:
1. Make one big to do list so nothing is forgotten – You may want to break it down to personal and business tasks, separating the two and then making sure everything you think up is on that list or transferred there at some point during the week so you don’t forget.
While I’m on this subject, your to do list may NOT be the best place to put your big ideas. You may want to grab a small journal or book to write your ideas down as until they are planned out and have a strategy around them they are just ideas and not technically to dos. You will be less distracted bright shiny objects and to dos if you manage your ideas this way.
2. Segment out your to dos – Also with those tasks if you have some that are really big such as ‘design my website’ or ‘launch that new program’ what you want to do is break down those bigger to dos into much more manageable, bite-sized tasks that when all completed will accomplish that to do. Because more than likely you will not have time to design and copyright your whole entire website in one sitting or one day. That’s just setting yourself up for overwhelm and failure right from the beginning. Instead break down all the tasks included in getting that one thing done – hire designer, choose template and layout, decide on pages, write copy for various pages (different to dos for each page), and so much more.
3. Delegate first – Then you have to take a serious look at your to do list and determine which tasks MUST be done you and only you and which ones really should be delegated. Just because you are the only one that knows how to do a specific task doesn’t mean you can’t get that process out of your head and then delegate it. There are some situations you may be less likely to delegate such as copywriting for example. Unless you hire an actual copywriter or marketing coach like me who would know what to write, you will most likely have to do that task yourself.