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Tame Your To-do List

I ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ making lists...especially to-do lists. But sometimes I can get carried away and find myself with a longer list than I realistically have time for any given week. As a business owner with a lot going on, Iโ€™ve had to learn how to prioritize whatโ€™s important and create a list that helps me focus on moving me towards where I want to be. โฃโฃโฃ

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Here's how I use the 4 Dโ€™s to help me create a manageable list that will help me stay focused and feel good at the end of the week. โฃโฃโฃ

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โŒ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ž: ๐€๐ฌ๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ, โ€œ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ง๐ž?โ€ โฃโฃโฃ

This forces me to take a pause and see if this task is actually necessary to achieve a particular goal or get a certain result. I usually end up crossing off a bunch of stuff. Tip: Try asking yourself this question even before you put it on your list. โฃโฃโฃ

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-Responding to a cold emailโฃโฃโฃ

-busyworkโฃโฃโฃ

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๐ƒ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ž: โ€œ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐ซ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ญ?โ€ โฃโฃโฃ

This can be a hard one. You feel like you have to do it all by yourself. I get it. But wouldnโ€™t you rather find a way to free up your time to do the things only YOU can do and the other fun things? (This is the process I go through in my head now.) The answer is to ask for help and learn how to delegate. Iโ€™m still trying to get better at this.โฃโฃโฃ

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-Email Autoresponder > Set up an autoresponder to gather all the information you would need to move it forward. โฃโฃโฃ

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-Grocery shopping > Instacart, Amazon (Apps are getting better where you can leave descriptions of exactly what you want. When I do this, I save time and money from commuting and impulse buying.) โฃโฃโฃ

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-House cleaning > Ask your partner, kids, or hire help. (How much time are you spending cleaning instead of working in your business or doing things you enjoy (if you love cleaning, you do you!)?โฃโฃโฃ

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๐ƒ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ: "๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ? ๐‚๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ข๐ญ?" Snooze it for another time. Sometimes, it ends up being something I can delete. Just be careful this isnโ€™t something that is actually important that you keep snoozing. โฃโฃโฃ

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-responding to emails that's arenโ€™t time-sensitive โฃโฃโฃ

-housework โฃโฃโฃ

-organizing old computer files

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โœ…๐ƒ๐จ: ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ'๐ฌ ๐š ๐ญ๐š๐ฌ๐ค ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž-๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž, ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ, ๐จ๐ซ ๐›๐จ๐ญ๐ก, ๐ฌ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐๐š๐ซ! Then cross it off your list!โฃโฃโฃ

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-write a blog postโฃโฃโฃ

-respond to client emailโฃโฃโฃ

-schedule a doctorโ€™s appointmentโฃโฃโฃ

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Do you use to-do lists? Do you go through a similar process or do something else?โฃโฃโฃ


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