As a small business owner, your to-do list may seem endless. Not only do you provide services or sell products, you also manage your staff and maintain your building. It’s not surprising that your to-do list may take you into the next month…or even the next year!
Taking charge of your to-do list can help you get down to business and feel like you’re making progress. Here are some tips on how to get organized this summer to tackle your commercial to-do list, whether it’s rehabbing the interior of your office or finally getting around to some exterior projects.
Narrow It Down
It’s likely that it is not feasible to tackle everything on your current to-do list at this point in time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take out another slip of paper and create a new list that focuses on projects that are of immediate importance. Do you dream of redesigning your entire entryway but your existing walkways are crumbling right now? Deal with the immediate need first and fix the walkways.
To decide on the types of projects that go on this new list of immediate needs, ask yourself five questions:
- Is the project important?
- Does the project need to be completed as soon as possible?
- What will I need to complete the project?
- Who will I need to delegate to or ask to assist me?
- Does completing this project lead to another project or other next steps?
Follow a Process
Most productive people follow a process or routine to keep them on track. What’s your process for tackling your to-do list? Now that you have a new list, take a look at your calendar. Block out time for the projects on your list. Ask the appropriate people to assist you or delegate the tasks appropriately.
Once you’re organized, it’s time for action. Follow through with your plan and tick off projects as you complete them to see the progress you’re making. Ask staff to report back to you on the progress of their to-do list tasks.
By following a system, your to-do list will shrink until there are no projects left. At that point, it’s time to start all over again with another set of important tasks.
Identifying what to-do list items are important and creating and sticking to a plan is important for reducing stress at the workplace. For more project tips or to knock out some of your projects with green cleaning products, contact me today!
Here’s to breathing easy and living life to the fullest!
Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance