By Galit Ventura-Rozen
That to-do list you created has been building up for quite a while. You start on that list, but then more exciting stuff shows up and takes priority. Then the list of things that HAVE TO be completed is lingering and feeling like a ton of bricks weighing on your shoulders. Its common to prefer doing the things you want and love, but everyone will still have things that are not fun but need to be done. What can you do to finally get the list completed and feel the weight lifted off your shoulders?
Change your perspective
Stop looking at the list as things you don’t want to do. Changing the way you look at it makes it less overwhelming and more approachable. Prioritize the list by deadlines, then start from the top and tackle only one of the items at a time. Make sure to see the result of that task and the outcome of it being completed. Then reward yourself with something from your want-to-do list when completed.
Schedule into your calendar
Most everyone lives and breathes by appointments. Schedule your tasks in your calendar and commit to completing it when it shows up in your day just as you would with an appointment for a client or project. It’s common to forget the things that need to be completed when not planned. When it shows up on the calendar, complete the task and then continue with the rest of your day.
If you keep avoiding your have-to-do list, more than likely it is because you do not enjoy the tasks on the list, are too busy, or just don’t want to do them. If there is a place on the list where you can delegate to someone in your family, an employee, or even hire someone to complete the task, it may be worth it. With my business clients, I show them the value of their time in dollars. For example, you are making $100 an hour and are dreading completing a task that can take an hour. You decide to hire someone for $35 to complete the task in an hour. You just made $65 and delegated something off your list you do not want to complete and keep avoiding.
More than likely your have-to-do list will always be there in some way. But stop looking at it as something you are dreading and start looking at it from a different perspective. When your list is being handled and checked off, then your time can be spent on the things you love to do.
Galit Ventura-Rozen, M.A. is an award-winning international speaker, performance expert and founder of Empowering University. She works with women in business to increase performance, profits and productivity. She is a well-known speaker on the topics of leadership, real estate, business and the successful mindset. She also provides prospective speakers the guidance and mentoring to become professional speakers.