Use To-Do Lists to Set and Reach Your Business Goals

by Beth Rifkin

1 min read

As an entrepreneur, you don’t have a boss telling you what to do and when to do it. You run the show all day, every day. That control is usually appealing to entrepreneurial types, but it also comes with a certain amount of fear and lack of direction if you aren’t purposeful with your daily schedule. To-do lists are simple to create yet powerful in helping you structure your day to reach your business goals.Think of your to-do list as a map for your daily activities. It lets you prioritize your efforts to focus on the most important tasks, helping you reach your business goals faster. The list helps you break down your larger goals or the larger tasks you need to complete into smaller, more manageable chunks. As you cross off items on your to-do list, you see yourself progressing. For most people, that’s a big motivator to keep working hard. Not sure where you should focus your time? Refer to your business plan if you have one in place. This document keeps you focused on your overall goal as a company. From there, figure out what you need to do to hit those goals, starting with the basic building blocks. Think of it this way: if you only work on one task for the day, which task is most effective in boosting your business? Put that item in the number one spot. Add a few more tasks if necessary, but don’t clutter your list too much, or you may get distracted. Set aside time each day to write your to-do list for the next day. That way, you start off your morning with clear direction, and you can tackle the first item on your list immediately instead of wasting time deciding what to do. Creating a new to-do list each day lets you build on the progress you make for continued growth.Grab a pen and paper to start your business to-do list. With clear direction, you avoid distractions and time wasters to make better use of your work time.

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