Did you know that on average we lose 25 minutes every time we get distracted, and right now with the children at home there are certainly a lot of distractions going in our house… as I am sure there are in yours?
We would all love to be more productive, get more done, to feel less like we are running around with our heads about to fall off…
I am not saying this is going to make your life the perfect balance as no one can promise you the perfect solution but this has certainly helped me and I believe that it could help you too.
I would like to share with you how to plan a more productive To-Do List that takes more care of you!
Sit down at the start of the week – Sunday night is always a good time – this will take about 30minutes…
It helps you see the big picture and not get lost in the minutiae, so you can keep moving forward instead of stalling out.
It helps you get real about what you can actually get more done and not overcommit to yourself or others. This provides immediate sweet relief.
It helps you leave space for the inevitable unexpected events that come up. When you’re locked into what must get done today, you’re far less flexible, and one unexpected thing can throw off your entire week. But if you know what needs to get done this week, your time and energy are much more fluid, and you can adjust your tasks as needed as life inevitably happens around you.
Add into the week any self-care time, this could be exercise, lunch with friends, yoga, a bath, or a date night… if you wait to pay yourself at the end of the list you will never get your needs met, and meeting your needs allows you to be a more fulfilled person and more productive. Everyone wins when you put yourself in your schedule as a priority first!
Now for every item, you are about to add onto your list ask yourself the following questions:
Is it actually necessary or is it that we are so conditioned to thinking that being busy means being productive that we add all sorts of shit onto our to-do list?
Or can it be delegated to someone else… things like cleaning, ironing, housekeeping, general business admin duties, social media planning… can all be delegated.
I know that sometimes delegating things means added cost and if there is no spare money to delegate then there are still options:
But would you rather have that Starbucks every morning or a VA to get rid of your admin?
If delegating really isn’t an option then you can always plan ahead.
a. Housekeeping – plan ahead i.e. Washing Wednesdays,
b. Admin Duties – schedule time into your week an hour on Friday morning and with no distractions you can get a lot done. Or a good VA will cost around £15-£20 per hour and I promise you they will get a lot more done in the hour that you will.
If not then pop it into your calendar for the week it needs to be done.
Most of us have eyes that are bigger than our schedules. When we commit to a weekly, rather than daily, to-do list, we stay realistic about what our capacity actually is and what our priorities actually are. We essentially begin to edge out the stuff that’s not in alignment with what we truly want, the stuff that’s someone else’s priority instead of ours, and the stuff that may feel urgent but isn’t actually important.
One of the benefits of running your own business and having complete control over YOUR week and YOUR to-do list means that you are not restricted to the 9-5 of working day that you are when working for someone else. You may find that you may be more productive and able to get more done in the evening or you may be an early bird and it is your choice as it’s your week.
We teach all our franchisees the benefits of planning a weekly to-do list to help them get more done and to make sure they look after themselves and pay themselves with their time to make sure they are the best version of themselves in their business