How To Gain Control Of Your To-Do List
You get to your desk and are ready to work your Avon business. You glance at your to-do list and your heart sinks.
There is so much to do and so little time. How are you going to get everything done?
Having a to-do list is a great way to make sure you get everything done that you want to accomplish.
But now, it feels like it’s getting on top of you. You feel overwhelmed and frustrated and constantly behind.
If it wasn’t so helpful in reminding you of the important tasks that you need to accomplish, you would probably ditch it.
If only you could get back in control and feel like you are in charge.
A To-Do List Helps Us Stay Organized And Get Things Done
A To-Do List is very effective in helping you stay organized and making sure everything gets done.
For me, it’s a great way to make sure my Avon business stays on track.
When I sit down ready to work, I go through my To-Do List and check each item off as it’s completed.
I use Microsoft To-Do for my business, and I love how easy it is to use and keep me on track.
You can learn more about how I use Microsoft To-Do for my Avon business here.
But Your To-Do List Can Also Cause Stress
If your list of daily tasks is incredibly long, it can leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed.
Part of learning how to write effective to-do lists is learning how to pare them down.
The easiest way to pare down your list is to take a realistic look at each item and consider which tasks will have the most impact.
Then, narrow your list down to this handful of items.
Consider Your Business Goals
What is it you want to accomplish in your Avon business this year, this month, this week?
Use this as the framework to decide which tasks are important.
For each item on your to-do list, consider what it will mean for you to get it done. And even more important, what will happen if you don’t get it done today?
Use these guidelines to narrow your list to the most impotent items.
Evaluate the Less Important Tasks on Your To-Do List
For everything else that doesn’t fit into the most important tasks, decide:
- Is there another time you can do them? Can you move it to tomorrow or schedule it later in the week?
- Does it have to be done by you or can someone else do it? Can you delegate it to a family member or someone else who’s willing to help and has more free time?
- Does this particular item really need to be on your to-do list? Don’t be afraid to toss something out if it won’t’ actually help you get closer to your goals, and it won’t hurt you if it doesn’t get done.
It’s up to you how many items you need to pair your list down to.
Especially if you’re working your Avon business part-time, it’s imperative that you spend the time you have with the tasks that will make the most difference to your business.
As Much As We Try To Stay In Control, Things Happen
Yes, sometimes life gets in the way. Things happen that can throw us off schedule.
But, if you have a game plan, and a set To-Do List to spell out your priorities, it doesn’t have to derail your Avon business.
With that game plan and your priorities set, you know what life doesn’t get in the way of???
- Making your family a priority.
- Taking care of your current customers.
- Taking care of the most important tasks to run your business.
Yes, Life knocks us around. And as much as we try to be in control… sometimes it just happens.
And what do you do when that happens?
It’s not like the bills stop coming, or the dog stops needing to be fed, or our Avon business just takes a break with us.
Life might knock us around, but it doesn’t stop us.
As long as your Avon business is a priority, it doesn’t have to take a big hit when life gets in the way.
As long as you know the most important tasks, you can get something done that will keep your business moving forward even when life gets in the way.
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By Lynn Huber
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