Admit it, as entrepreneurs we have full plates. And for anyone running more than one business it can get very overwhelming quickly. So why not add flexibilty with a weekly task list?
If you sometimes look up at the calendar and realize you forgot something, and it is a task you are supposed to do each week, (hello social media post to promote the blog), I have an answer for you.
Add Flexibilty With A Weekly Task List
Imagine creating a simple tool that helps you remember the things you have to do around your business and life. This tool tracks the repeatable tasks that can sometimes get missed. Imagine having this list of tasks that you need to do every week. By using this you can add flexibility with a weekly task list.
I created such a tool for my life and business (es) and it has been a game changer. The key is that the tasks can be done generally any time during the week, as long as they get done. Because I am a pen and paper kind of girl and love the feeling of checking a box or crossing things off a paper list, I created a single list of tasks on my computer in Word, and I print off a fresh sheet every week.
Here are a few of my tasks:
- Create the soundbite for the next podcast episode
- Promote the blog on social media
- Make sure to pre-label 50 12oz coffee bags (put the logo and “roasted right” labels on them)
- Print 25 Thank You Cards for shipped coffee orders
There are a few more, but these are tasks that support both businesses. If I have time on a Friday afternoon and I want to pre-label bags, or print the labels, I can do that. If I have 45 minutes between calls and I want to create the soundbite for the podcast, I can do that too.
To create my list, I tracked all of my repeatable tasks for two weeks, writing down the things I had to do, then formalized it into a pretty document I like to check off. I also leave a few blank spaces on the sheet for the one off “miscellaneous” tasks that I need to get done in a given week.
Having this list has not only helped with remembering all the little tasks but has also helped with procrastination. Many of these little tasks are kind of boring, or repetitive, and easily forgettable. Having a list in front of me also allows me to choose what to do and when. Supporting good time management. It also allows me to know each thing on there is important for my life and business.
In a strange way this list has become kind of a game to see what I can “squeeze in”. That flexibility also reduces stress, because I don’t end up trying to get everything done at the last minute. I print off my weekly task list every Friday. If you struggle with things falling through the cracks, give this a try, and please, let me know how it works for you!
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