Business Tips: Tackling The Dreaded ToDo List
Why tomorrow should be today's priority ...
It's common for business owners never to have enough time. It doesn't matter how many hours a day you put in, you still never seem to be able to complete that dreaded todo list! It's almost as if you cross one task off and then add another one less than five minutes later; it's a never ending cycle ...
Planning for tomorrow before you go home today will really help you with your todo list!
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Then comes the relief of being able to head home and relax, except, of course, business owners rarely get the chance to rest as they arrive home with a head full of work thoughts and worries.
"The problem here is that it's key for business owners to have some downtime!"
It's healthier for the company than spending every waking hour trying to better it. Giving yourself the time to relax and rejuvenate enables you to find inspiration and have fun rather than being bogged down with business 24/7; it's the age-old tale of quality rather than quantity.
So how can you ensure you have the downtime you need to make your business thrive? Allow me to introduce you to a recent study conducted by The Journal of Organisational and Occupational Psychology.
The conclusion that a task as simple as planning ahead for your next working day could bring such a positive outcome is one that many business owners will have missed, myself included. But now that it has been brought to light, it's beginning to resonate with me, it actually does make sense!
If I go home safe in the knowledge that tomorrow has the potential to be a productive day that will drive my business forward, I can switch off and relax for the evening without the worry of all the tasks on my todo list.
A quote I hear regularly is one said many times by Nigel Botterill. He has successfully launched and run eight million pound businesses, his latest being the Entrepreneurs Circle, which is a training and support company that I have been a member of for 4 years now. His biggest piece of advice is:
"Today ain't over until tomorrow's planned!"
They're words to live by and now we have the evidence to back it up! However, there are many other simple changes that can be made to give business owners more time.
These days there is so much help and support available for business owners, whether they are sole traders or larger companies. All business owners have the opportunity to get the downtime they need and have the luxury of leaving work then not even thinking about it again until stepping back into the office the next morning.
"So at the end of today, I'd like you to set aside just a few minutes to plan for tomorrow!"
I've been doing it for just under a week now and already feel more productive. My todo list for once is actually getting shorter! Pay attention to small changes, they might just bring the BIG results you're looking for!
Until next time ...
If you're still finding it hard to complete tasks on your todo list, why not give us a call? We offer support with a range of administrative tasks that could free up the time you need to get things done. To find out more about our services, give Genie Danielle a call on 01604 529170.
We promise it won't take too long!
THE OFFICE GENIE
I had a successful 20-year career as an office manager and personal assistant; however, my job was no longer focused on the customers and became all about the numbers. My customer-focused background began when I was 12 in my father's independent carpet showroom. I had a spell with Marks & Spencer before I moved into office-based jobs. I have worked as a training administrator, a PA and PA/office manager in a variety of industries from manufacturing to the IT education sector.
Meanwhile, my husband Ian, a successful Northampton based Master Decorator and owner of Rainbow Frost, was losing out on work due to missed phone calls. When he was busy, callers were getting his voicemail but weren't leaving messages. I knew how to fix that problem!
I quit my job and took on Ian as the first client of The Office Genie in November 2005. Word quickly spread with the second client coming on board just one week later. The majority of our clients since have come to us through word of mouth recommendations and networking referrals. Over the years, I have become well connected in Northampton and Milton Keynes.
Outside of work I enjoy swimming, roller skating, the theatre and my cats and dogs!