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Productivity for Solopreneurs - Insights to getting things done #104 : How a to-do list helps you get more done in less time

How a to-do list helps you get more done in less time

Every Monday my to-do list is pretty much the same.

And that might lead you (or even me) to think that I don’t need a written to-do list to get those things done.

This Monday I didn’t write down my to-do list until after lunch.​​

The result was that some of the things I completed on Monday didn’t need to be done that day or even the next.

And some of the things that didn’t get done Monday would have made my week flow a little bit better if they would have been done.​​​​

Basically, with a to-do list, I wouldn’t have just gotten more done, I would have completed more of the important things (like writing and sending this email earlier).

Let’s talk about how a to-do list helps you get more done in less time (and to get those little things that come up but aren’t super important done).

PRODUCTIVITY FOR SOLOPRENEURS: INSIGHTS TO GETTING THINGS DONE #104

Productivity for Solopreneurs - Insights to getting things done #103 : Systems vs Processes (and how they help you)

Systems vs Processes (and how they help you)

What processes and systems do you have in place for your business?

You have them, even if you don’t know it!

That’s one reason why today I decided to talk about the difference between processes and systems and how they work together.

But when I Googled it to see if someone could define it clearly, I felt like I understood it less!

Instead of defining it (and confusing us both!) I share some real-life examples in the video below.

PRODUCTIVITY FOR SOLOPRENEURS: INSIGHTS TO GETTING THINGS DONE #103

Productivity for Solopreneurs : Insights to getting things done #102 - Finding a daily to-do list that works for you

Finding a daily to-do list that works for you

I have some specific habits that keep things moving here (here being my business).

One of those habits is creating my daily to-do list.

I’ve noticed that the days that go a little off the rail (or a lot) are the days that I haven’t created one. 

The days I don’t have a to-do list are the ones that:

  • I fall into the “I know what I need to do and don’t need a list” trap
  • I get sidetracked by checking email or Facebook “quickly”
  • I’m not sure what I actually did that day

When I have my list I have a visual reminder of what I am focusing on right now and that I will have an email and Facebook check later. 

I’ve also noticed it helps to create this list the evening before (it takes me longer to create this list in the morning).

And, through a bit of trial and error, I know what format my daily to-do list needs to be in for it to be most helpful to me.

But what works best for me might not work best for you.

So, I put together a short list of different formats of daily to-do lists to share with you on Wednesday when I go live on Facebook.

If daily to-do lists are not something that you do, I encourage you to attend on Wednesday (or watch the recording later) and see if one of the methods might work for you. 

You can find the video below.

PRODUCTIVITY FOR SOLOPRENEURS: INSIGHTS TO GETTING THINGS DONE #102

Productivity for Solopreneurs : Insights to getting things done #101 - What do you do when you're overwhelmed, don't know where to start, and don't feel like you're making progress?

What do you do when you’re overwhelmed, don’t know where to start, and don’t feel like you’re making progress?

Last week was my 100th Facebook live! I did a Q&A and you can watch it by clicking here if you missed it.

I’ve been thinking about the first question that was asked.

It was “I recently started my business and am overwhelmed with how much there is to do! Some days I have NO idea where to start. I never feel like I’m making any progress. How do I manage everything without going crazy and start making progress?”

Even if you haven’t recently started your business, you can probably relate to the question (I know I can).

The quick version of what I said last week was:

  1. Look for where you can start cutting back on receiving new information
  2. Decide what you’re going to do and stick with for a bit to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.

And I have more to say on this topic!

I’ll share it in this week’s Productivity for Solopreneurs: Insights to getting things done. You can watch it below..

Productivity for Solopreneurs: Insights to getting things done #101

Productivity for Solopreneurs : Insights to getting things done #100 - Q&A

Q&A

In December of 2016, I was challenged by my coach to start going live on Facebook each week.

I had lots of reasons (*cough* excuses *cough*) about why I couldn’t.

But he helped me realize that I had even better reasons TO do it.

It’s now over 2 years later and this is my 100th live video.

To celebrate I’m doing a Q&A or you can think of it as an AMA (Ask Me Anything).

Productivity for Solopreneurs: Insights to getting things done #100

The questions I answered were:

  • (2:05) I recently started my business and am overwhelmed with how much there is to do! Some days I have NO idea where to start. I never feel like I’m making any progress. How do I manage everything without going crazy and start making progress?
  • (7:38) When you’re just tired and don’t want to do anything, how do you get the motivation to get the things done you need to?
  • (15:17) I didn’t keep up with my bookkeeping and accounts very well and now have HOURS of work to do before I can turn it over to my accountant. How do I prevent this from happening next year?

In the video I mention the article where I reference my bookkeeping, click here for that.

And you can find the Unnamed Productivity Club by clicking here.