Do you ever feel completely overwhelmed when reviewing your "to do" list? Do you feel like there are just not enough hours in the day? Guilty as charged!
As an entrepreneur, I often find myself with a scroll-like "to do" list which often makes me feel overwhelmed and clueless of where and how to start to tackle all of the things I have to do. Because, I am my own boss, I don't have someone checking in on the progression of my tasks, it is a 100% up to me to get things done.
I have always been a "to do" list girl, it may sound crazy, but there is nothing like crossing a task off the list, it is such a great feeling! In addition to creating a list, I have also incorporated a few things into my daily routine that help me to stay focused and provide clarity while cruising through my busy day.
For one, a clean, organized desk is a must for me. I need to work in a clean space, free of clutter. I know it may sound crazy but my mind cannot function in the midst of clutter. I also love, okay not love, but like to wake up early in the morning (5:30 am) and check emails. It is such a great feeling when you can quickly scan through your emails before getting your day started and handle any emergencies if necessary. I typically listen to a podcast while reviewing my emails. Here are some of my favorite podcasts to listen to that help to get my day started with purpose and clarity: She Means Business by Carrie Green of the Female, Power & Purpose by Mastin Kip, Gabrielle Bernstein by Gabrielle Bernstein (love her!), anything from Tony Robbins, and of course for major clarity you can't go wrong with Oprah& Deepak Meditation.
I also recently discovered time blocking and although I am very new to this concept I can honestly tell you it has made a huge difference in my day. I am feeling more accomplished at the end of my day and not frustrated because I was only able to accomplish two out of the ten tasks on my list. Time blocking forces me to stay focused on a task without any distraction. I don't feel the need to reply to every email that hits my email box at the exact moment it arrives, I have created blocks throughout my day to check email.
I am all about maximizing the hours in my day, so I am planning to give time blocking a try for a few months to see if it really makes a difference, but I can honestly tell you so far I am liking the results :)
How do you get through your "to do's"? Would love to hear about the tricks and tips that have worked best for you.