We all wish we could snap our fingers and have that list of to-dos magically turn into a list of things we’ve accomplished. Sometimes we are so knee deep in the muck of it all that it’s super hard to clearly see the next steps that need to be taken. In the same way you might go through your house and separate items into 3 piles – Keep, Donate and Trash – I believe tasks in your business should be divided up as well, helping you to tackle them in the most productive way possible.
When looking at a laundry list of things to be done, everything needs to fall into one of three categories. Now, keep in mind they may not go there right away, but categorizing them is the goal. Separate tasks into Keep (things you still want to tackle by hand yourself), Integrate (things you are going to integrate into a system, software or app to get complete), or Hire (things that you ultimately need another hand on board with to help you complete).
Create a Process Workflow
You’ll need to create a process to handle all the tasks you’ve decided to keep in a more systematic way. No more waking up on Monday morning and deciding “Today I think I might do this.”
Our favorite tool to create this process and track progress is Trello. In Trello, we can assign tasks to dates, track launch plans in progress, and make sure we are on track with our quarterly goals.
If you want help creating this process (or perhaps even copying our process), you can learn more inside of our most popular program to date - Trello For Business.
Utilize a System, Software, or App
Over time, you may discover that many of the tasks you do by hand can be put on hyper speed with the help of a system, software or app. Take some time to look at the options and evaluate where it makes sense to add this to your business.
Stuck on where to start? You can get a sneak peek of all our favorite automation tools in our totally free course - Your Biz On Autopilot.
Adding contractors or employees to your company can be a scary, but completely necessary step to growing your business. Don’t feel pressured to make one magic hire to do #allthethings you no longer want to do in your business. We’ve found a great balance by using multiple contractors, several of which have super specific specialties. They work on their piece of the puzzle, and when they are done they help other businesses do the same thing. It’s a total win-win.
Once you’ve divided up your tasks and decided what to keep, what to integrate and what to hire someone else to help with, your productivity will skyrocket. Soon, your list of to-dos will turn into a list of things you’ve done!