The ONE change that changed my business

April 16, 2009

One of the things that I've struggled with in the past (and still do continue to struggle with today) is efficiency. I remember waking up, checking my email, doing some posting in forums, checking out a few blogs, going to work, checking on my business (email, forum, blogs etc) during the day, coming home from work, doing more business until I go to bed at night. This lead to burnout. I was not being efficient at all. I soon realized that, in essence, what I was doing was trying to accomplish everything with no specific goals.

Obviously, this helps you to get nowhere fast, and that's exactly where I was headed. I soon realized that in order for me to be more effective, I needed to start each day with a few specific goals in mind. Before I go to bed, I make a list of the tasks I absolutely need to get accomplished. The funny thing about it is that when trying to come up with the list every night, I realized that there weren't really a lot of things I needed to get done on a daily basis. My list usually comprises of 3 to 5 things.

Now, when I wake up in the morning, I know exactly what I need to do and usually end up getting them done. I've also noticed that although I am doing less, I'm accomplishing more, which was my ultimate goal. I had time to do other things, and I was not as tired all the time.

I know this seems very simple, and it really is. If you find yourself doing what I did before, I would recommend for you to do the same. Make a list of the crucial tasks, get them done and then leave your computer alone. I still struggle with the leaving the computer alone part, because I'm a computer geek. But I'm definitely getting there.

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12 Comments

  • Annette says:

    Leslie;
    Thank you for this article! It sure does hit home with me. Like you said, this may seem simple, but doing it is so valuable. I am going to write my To Do list tonight before I go to bed & let you know how it works out!

  • Annette says:

    Leslie;
    Thank you for this article! It sure does hit home with me. Like you said, this may seem simple, but doing it is so valuable. I am going to write my To Do list tonight before I go to bed & let you know how it works out!

  • Great article – simple and to the point!

    I so know exactly how you feel Leslie!

    Especially the last part – I can’t get away from the computer too 🙁

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    • SwiftRewards says:

      I keep a txt file on my desktop with a to-do list. I keep it prioritized and shuffle things to the top as they become more important to me. I know the feeling of working all day and yet not getting anything done.

      Since I’ve started this (quite a while ago) it has helped, but there’s a a possible drawback too. I have some items that have been in my to-do list for literally over a year lol. They’re not very important so they stay at the bottom of the list, but I’d still rather do them at some point than not at all. Just hard to find time to do those things when I have a list of better stuff to do…

  • Great article – simple and to the point!

    I so know exactly how you feel Leslie!

    Especially the last part – I can’t get away from the computer too 🙁

    TheHealthBloggers last blog post..YouBars and YouShakes – DIY Protein Bars and Shakes

  • SwiftRewards says:

    I keep a txt file on my desktop with a to-do list. I keep it prioritized and shuffle things to the top as they become more important to me. I know the feeling of working all day and yet not getting anything done.

    Since I’ve started this (quite a while ago) it has helped, but there’s a a possible drawback too. I have some items that have been in my to-do list for literally over a year lol. They’re not very important so they stay at the bottom of the list, but I’d still rather do them at some point than not at all. Just hard to find time to do those things when I have a list of better stuff to do…

  • Larry says:

    With my project manager background I have always been a “to do list” guy. Sometimes I stray or get sidetracked but the list gets me back on track. I had placed this post on my list but set a low priority. Today, while looking at other posts I decided to do it. It is fun to cross items off my list. It bugs me to have an item stay around too long. However, I think a priority is important and list should not be too long. Thanks for the tips.

  • Larry says:

    With my project manager background I have always been a “to do list” guy. Sometimes I stray or get sidetracked but the list gets me back on track. I had placed this post on my list but set a low priority. Today, while looking at other posts I decided to do it. It is fun to cross items off my list. It bugs me to have an item stay around too long. However, I think a priority is important and list should not be too long. Thanks for the tips.

    • Onna says:

      Leslie-Great Advice!! This is something I struggle with!! I have so many things in my mind that I get less done! I am much more productive when I set out to do one-five things, prioritize and don’t allow myself to do anything else until each task is complete!! I get much more done when I am able to keep myself to this process!!

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