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Is Your List Getting You What You Want?

A “to-do” list is the classic tool for keeping track of all your tasks.  

But the problem is, that most of them don’t work as often we just don’t know which item to tackle first.  We look at our list, feel overwhelmed, and so just do the items we deem to be most important first, which means that the others just get pushed to the bottom rung.

Admit it, how many of you have those couple of tasks on your list, that get pushed from week to week, and never actually crossed off?

If you want to start being more productive then you have got to produce a more productive list: one that means you are taking positive action to get yourself what you want from your time.

Try these simple tips:

  • Before you go to bed each night, spend no more than 10 minutes, planning your tomorrow.
  • List all the things you need to get done.
  • Time chunk your day, setting aside time for all your writing, telephone, meeting and errand tasks to be done together.
  • Prioritise the hardest and least pleasurable tasks on top and commit to doing them first.
  • Set reminders in your calendar to alert you 30 minutes before the task or meeting time.
  • Commit to doing at least one task per day that moves you towards a long term goal or dream.

If you have any time management tips you’d like to share with us, I would love you to post a comment below.

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About kimconstable

I am Kim: mum to the gorgeous Corey, Kai, Maya and Jack. I own and run multilingual children's company (www.rainbowgardenni.co.uk). I am passionate about ethics and upholding humanitarian values through education. Above all, I am a people person. I love human to human marketing and am insatiably curious about what drives us to do what we do and be who we are. Thank you for reading my blog. You matter to me.

7 responses »

  1. This is a great time management technique and one that I’ve started to incorporate into my own work schedule. Working from home is sometimes an even bigger challenge to stay structured and on-task with the work. I especially like committing to one task or goal per day that moves you toward a long-term goal. Enough small steps can add up to some real progress!

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    • You’re so right Stephanie! I was looking at your site just yesterday and admiring your work, so it’s great that we’re thinking along the same lines 🙂 I call the daily task that move you towards your long term goal, Important but not Urgent. These are normally the ones that we don’t make time for, but they’re really the ones that will move us closer to where we want to be. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Love the article; would love to see more on it

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    • Well you’re in luck Savyscb! I am actually putting the finishing touches to a Time Management system that I devised after the birth of my fourth child, when I was struggling to cope with the demands of running the company and nursing a newborn. It changed my life! My blog is being migrated into it’s own site at http://www.kimconstable.com, where there will be tons of stuff for free. Will be happening in the next week or so, so watch this space! Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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  3. Keep up the writing and same topic would be great!

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