It's Monday morning. Today is your day for a fresh start. Hit that button in your mind that tells you this day is a refresh. Give yourself grace for the past days or weeks or months that you've fallen off track, and let's get after the day that's been given!
How to rock your to-do list... but first, coffee.
Before I sit down and do anything on my list I brew some coffee and make myself something to eat.
I then sit with said coffee and start my to-do list if I failed to do so the night before. Typically, I wake up with a better perspective of my day if I wrote my to-do list before bed the night before. #planningahead.
The first thing on my to-do list is always - Clean - I find it way easier to stay focused if I don't have clutter around my desk, a bed to make, dishes to do, laundry to fold etc.
The key to all parts of your to-do list is to set a timer and GO.
I could probably clean for hours, so I set a timer for 30-45 minutes to get those little tasks done that will make my environment an easier one to be in with less distractions while I crush my day!
To do list so far:
After crossing out cleaning on the list I already feel more accomplished. I'm a pen to paper type of to-do lister. I have colorful pens (sometimes I color code) and a notebook where I write all my plans and ideas. Crossing tasks off the list give me so much satisfaction, it's weird.
Third task on the to do list is typically a task I don't really enjoy doing but is of high priority. It's one that might be time consuming, or something I push to the end of the day and procrastinate doing. For you, this may very well be exercising. It'd be the perfect moment, you've already had your coffee, you've had food, and you spent time cleaning to make time for digestion, LET'S GO!
For me, this is often my inbox or emails. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE hearing from you guys! I just wake up each morning with 14+ Facebook messages and several emails, it's hard to get pumped about responding to so many emails to strangers first thing in the morning. If I could call you or Facetime and chat about fitness all day I totally would!
Fourth task on the list.. quick and easy task. 10 minutes or less. One and done. Cross it off.
Fifth and sixth task on the list are two more priority tasks. The core of your day, what HAS TO GET DONE for your day to be a success. Remember, set a timer!
Seventh task.. eat! Yes, I write down when I need to eat so I don't get caught up in my list and drain my energy.
To do list so far :
I then continue to alternate the quick and the time consuming priority tasks.
The key to your list is understanding what is a daily priority and what could potentially roll over to tomorrow if you don't get to it. Don't confuse quick and easy tasks with tasks that are a waste of your time today. For example, I write down at the bottom of my list in a different color, all the tasks that I would love to get to if I had time, but could totally roll over to tomorrow with zero angst if I don't get to it. This may be a training video I ran into while accomplishing other tasks, a nutrition plan that I have a 48 hour window to create, or a package that needs to be mailed by the end of the week.
The key to success in anything you do throughout your day is organization and planning. When my days go unplanned I go to sleep feeling unaccomplished and anxious.
So, here are my top to-do list tips!
My to-do list
7:00- 7:15 Coffee and food
7:45- 8:15 Write blog
8:15-9:00 Respond to messages and emails
9:00-945 Dog Park + 30 minutes personal development
10:15-11:15 June business tracker
11:00-12:00 Plan coach training for June
12:00-12:30 Post in accountability group + coaching group
Roll over tasks:
Let's get after it!