5 ways to use an Action List to Organise your Day

5 ways to use an Action List to Organise your Day

Each day only comes with twenty-four hours so to maximise your effectiveness during the time that you have allocated for work, it is important to have a plan and be organised. The best way to keep yourself on track is with an Action List. Also known as a To-Do List, I call it an action list rather than a to-do list because I like to action the items on the list.  Let’s look at how to make an action list most effective for you.

Keep your action list simple

The best way to start an action list is to bullet point your tasks in a simple format.  I really like to have a little box that I can tick off on the side as I complete each task.  I then go through and highlight the most urgent tasks that need to be completed straight away and I also note the larger or more time consuming tasks.

Write your action list the day before

Forward planning is really important. When you sit down to put your list together, make sure to walk through the next day in your mind so that you can picture what you have to get done.

If you plan your list the day before you can start off your day on the right foot and knock off a few items on your list before checking your emails or social media.  Write down the items that you need to complete and then highlight your urgent items that need to be completed straight away.  Also note the harder or more take consuming tasks.

Allocate time to each task

Now that you have your action list, you will want to take some time to figure out approximately how long you think each item will take. That way you can make sure that you have time to work on all the items that you have to get done on that particular day.

Complete your hardest tasks first

While it might seem like a good idea to hold off on the harder items on your list, it will make your day run more smoothly if you get the hardest or longest tasks completed first. In the morning, you are fresh and ready to tackle your list so starting with the toughest or longest task first makes sense.  This will also remove some of the stress from your day or potentially trying to cram this task in at the end of a busy day.

Make multiple lists for different projects

If you have projects or larger tasks that involve multiple steps, then you should break these down into separate steps. This will not only ensure that you don’t miss a step, but it will also provide you with a clearer idea of what your day will hold for you and you can allocate time to each of these steps as well.

These are just some simple ways in which you can ensure that you complete your action list each day.  If you would like some further motivation, try using one of our quirky and unique notebooks or journals.

Susan Wilkin

Are you organised for May?

Are you organised for May?

I always find that May is the month of Mayhem for my business so I thought I would share some of my strategies with you for finding the right Virtual Personal Assistant.

What is a Virtual Personal Assistant?

A Virtual Personal Assistant is a person that is an independent contractor that provides office support of an administrative, technical and or creative capacity from their home based office.  A great Virtual Personal Assistant has good interpersonal skills, good IT skills and can think like you.

A great Virtual Personal Assistant should have the following attributes

Good interpersonal skills – now this may sound silly from a virtual aspect but the Virtual Personal Assistant needs to be able remain calm and think on their feet and be able to liaise virtually on many means of communication – Face to Face, Skype, Telephone and Email.

Good IT skills – A Virtual Personal Assistant regularly needs to use a variety of mediums to liaise with clients and for diary management and other tasks.  They should have a good grasp on the software that you require in your business.  To start with;

  • Knowledge of an email program – Outlook or Gmail.  Both also have great calendar sharing options.
  • A file sharing program such as sugarsync, dropbox or google docs.
  • Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office programs, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

To think like you – A good Virtual Personal Assistant should develop the skills to become an extension of you and be able to reply to emails on your behalf, prepare documents and correspondence, organise events, make complicated travel bookings, conduct research, prepare presentations, update websites, source information and office supplies.

Create order in your business

Well you know the saying; Messy Desk, Messy Mind.  So when was the last time that you de-cluttered your life?  I’m not talking about just cleaning your desk, but also your email inbox, your files, scheduling those meetings in advance and contacting those potential leads that you met at your last networking meeting or that came through your website.  How much time do you really spend on these items or thinking about these items?

Yes I’m talking about procrastination!  Most of us are prone to it and expend energy thinking, rather than doing or delegating.  It is proven that if you are organised, you are more likely to be focused and efficient in your everyday life.  So why not delegate these tasks today?  They will free up your head space so that you can think about the important aspects of your business and focus on what is really important.

Contact us now to discuss how a Virtual Personal Assistant can assist in your business, we have some great package specials to get you ready for your month of May Mayhem.