Does your to-do list feel like it's all additions and no subtractions? If you're in need of a few tips to help you cross the ever-growing tasks off your list, we've got you covered! Take the wisdom below to heart the next time you feel overwhelmed - while it may seem like there is a long road ahead to achieve your goals, a little organization and a lot of determination will help you get on the right track.
1. Start with the must-dos
Always start with your most essential tasks first. At times, people tend to gravitate towards the easy to do tasks first, which is a tempting way to constantly check off another box, but it'll hinder you in the long run. Take a long, hard look at what tasks are crucial towards achieving your bottom line. Start with those tasks first, it will make everything easier to do down the line.
2. Delegate when you can
Many of us tend to think we can get it all done by ourselves, especially if you're starting a new project or building a company that you've been dreaming of and visualizing for a long time. But any good leader knows that nothing is done alone, and delegating or outsourcing certain tasks is crucial. Decide what tasks you need to do, and pass off any other tasks you know can be handled by others.
3. Schedule time to answer emails
The constant ding from your phone or computer alerting you that yet another email came in can really break your concentration. Instead of being interrupted constantly by the need to answer emails, schedule time every so often specifically for emails. This will allow you to focus on the task at hand and not get distracted by having to shift your thoughts.
4. Breathe, and take breaks
There is real power in a 10 minute break away from your computer to refresh and regroup. When you think you're in over your head, take a minute to breathe, and maybe go on a brief walk outside. The air and renewed energy will help you get back on track.
Echoing the great words of Walt Disney, quit talking and start doing! If you can dream it, you can do it, and there is no better time like the present to launch into creating the project or company of your dreams!