The To Don’t List

Lists are meant to help us meet our goals.

Much like the To-Do list. The To-Don’t  list,  is  the list you absolutely know, that there is no way you can tackle the task on that list. Be it lack of expertise or it is not the best use of your time.

As a business owner administrative tasks would be a task that falls in the category of not the best use of your time and website design is not your expertise. At home, you hate to clean  house, you are no handyman or yard work skills are not you thing and not the best use of your time. This should go on you to don’t list. Outsource this tasks. There is no price on peace of mind.

The benefit of getting this things done is the feeling of accomplishment not having to do everything yourself.

So, the To-Don’t  or To -Do list recognizes that things need to get done. You job is to determine who is the best fit for the job, you or others. Life errands need to get done but not all by you. Businesses has tasks/job are broken down into departments with experts to support them. The same structure can be applied to the personal  life.

To manage the tasks is the assistants, not you.  You create the list but you do not get to do everything on there as it would not be an effective use of your time.

1. The advantage

You will be in a position to take on new opportunities

2. Life changes

Life can turn on a dime, however you will be in a position to take it on because you do not have a back log of stuff on the back burner.

3. Your priorities are.

You are represent to life. Your priorities will be easier to handle. Nothing is pending and you can afford to put something on the pending list and it will not be a mountain because you already to care of things.

4. You can do more with less.

In the event life turns, you have a mole hill not a mountain.

5. You can say ‘no’ more confidently.

Few people like to be told no, and fewer still seem to enjoy saying it to someone else. By drafting a to-don’t list, you can be more confident that the items you are saying no to truly can wait, or can be done by someone else other than you.

6. You have more options.

You may be able to cut back without the mole growing to a mountain.

7. The list are more useful than ever

They help you get more done  with what you have at present time or whatever resources you have and when the lean times come, you can cut back with less items on the to do list.

Life is good!

Getting Things Done!

For most people getting things done comes easy. They know what they need done  and are very prepared to get to work. So  to be more productive, be prepared,  however if you are completely overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.

Here is how: Very Simple.

Get a notebook for daily list or MS One Note or MS Word or online to do software.

Tip: Notebook goes everywhere so it’s easy to add and cross thing off.

1. List out what needs to be done (This can be business,personal,event related, or household stuff)

2.Decide what has priority. There are things that require to be done asap and other can wait a day or more.

3. Cross things of the list as they get done and whatever does not done goes on the next day. Anything that stays on the list for more than seven day consider delegating it out .

4. Avoid destructions and as much as gadgets, technology and people can help us get more they can be time thieves too. Identify and monitor time spend with time thieves avoid them as much as you can.

5.Pat yourself on the back and document what is completed.

A sample of our to do List

Fear of Delegating

When we start working with a client, the most often ask questions are usually asked out of fear.

  • Are you sure you can handle that?
  • Is that too much to start with?
  • Have you done this before?
  • How often can I  get updates?
  • I like to do thing one way is that ok with you?

Usually a client will call often to check in and want to take things of the assignment. The very apprehensive  delegated out of sheer exhaustion of having another incomplete task on the to-do  list.  It’s not long after that a client gains confidence and before long things they have put off  getting done are on the fore front and need getting done as soon as possible. It’s load of fun for us and the client.

Thought we share this upcoming webinar on delegation.

Overcome Your Fear of Delegating: How to Get More Done Through Others”

Thursday, September 16, 2010 – 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

  Tip: Write everything down, on scrap paper or have an electronic version. You can try our To Do list  template.

Enjoy and happy delegating!

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