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Revisiting the humble to do list

Whether it’s as simple as the weekly grocery shop or the mundane ‘to do list’ at work… making a list helps us feel less overwhelmed, more organised and able to increase our day-to-day productivity.

There are over 58 million references on Google as to how to write a ‘to do list’, there are a lot of employers and employees that use them on a daily basis.

Creating a list helps us simplify, and make sense of the complex world around us.

Whether it’s as simple as the weekly grocery shop or the mundane ‘to do list’ at work… making a list helps us feel less overwhelmed more organised and able to increase our day-to-day productivity.

However, I have yet to find anyone who cherishes the idea of getting stuck into their ‘To do list’.

So why not look at it in a different way… When you review the content of your to do list, there are probably a lot of tasks on the list that could be evaluated as needing to improve your existing services / processes OR could create the opportunity to innovate the task in order to save time or be more efficient so it doesn’t need to be a tedious task next time.

Combining tasks

A PR initiative that you have been putting off...Investigate Twitter follower programmes and investigate linked in blogging platform for a PR project.

Sounds boring if you are not inspired by the thought of doing this. However, the research will be increasing your social media knowledge and you could create a one pager ‘how to’ and ‘benefits’ for other members of the team, so next time you can delegate and give training using your ‘ how to’ sheet for someone else to own.

Getting lunch

Plan to use the time to do something else on the to do list like planning a meeting. Use the time while walking to get the lunch to immerse yourself in deep thought about strategy session and coming up with a list of ideas to expand on when you are back in the office.

Review group

Get a few of you together and review certain tasks that may overlap and could be reviewed and developed as an updated process that will benefit everyone, therefore taking it off a number of to do lists.

Inspire yourself

Stimulate your creativity and inspiration at the beginning of the day by listening to your favourite song or read your favourite blog to kickstart your day and fuel your imagination. It will provoke a very positive and creative attitude.

Time is precious and in short supply when you have much to do in a day, so making best use and most productive use of that time, can only be beneficial.

I have no idea what is on your to do list, but whatever it is look at it in a different light tomorrow and see how you could innovate your day!


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