If your To-Do List is overwhelming then make a TaDa List!
Wouldn't you rather say "TaDa! I am done!" at the end of the day instead of looking at an unfinished To-Do list? I would...it's time to delegate and delete! Here's how I did it:
- Make a master list of all your responsibilities. This might be a very long list, but that’s OK. The more you can add the better.
- Delete! Draw a
BIG linethrough anything that isn’t important. Really think about each “responsibility.” You may be doing unproductive busywork without realizing it. Sometimes, we do certain tasks simply because we’ve always done them. Delete as much busywork as possible. You also need to make sure you aren’t doing someone else’s work for them. That’s where I seem to waste my time and energy:
- My personal example: I have deleted “drop off dry cleaning” from my To-Do list. Most of the dry cleaning is my husband’s and he drives near the dry cleaners almost every day. It makes more sense for “drop off dry cleaning” to be on his To-Do list. TaDa! (I don’t consider this a delegation because I completely deleted it from my To-Do list. I don’t worry if it gets done. I don’t monitor it. It is deleted.)
- Delegate! Next to each one of your remaining responsibilities write the name of someone who could either help you or completely take over that responsibility. These could be family members, friends or professionals you hire. The more you delegate the faster you’ll be able to say, “TaDa!“
- I know that some of you may think it’s a waste of money to hire someone else to do something that you could do yourself. I used to feel the same way. For instance, I am totally capable of mowing my own lawn. I have the skills, but I don’t have the time or desire. And, frankly, it was stressing me out! Now, I hire someone to take care of the tasks that are time-suckers and stress me out. I budget for it and my life is so much better.
- Highlight anything on your list that only you can take care of. For instance, only you can workout or go to your annual doctor exams.
- The last and best step is to add in the good stuff! Now that you’ve decluttered your list you have room to add things that make you a better, happier and healthier: date nights, quiet time, walks, trips to the zoo, reading a great book, family time, vacations, spa day, hiking, etc. Don’t skip this step!
At this point, your To-Do list should be looking more like a TaDa list.
Most people hardly ever take the time to reevaluate their responsibilities on a consistent basis. Most people also never ask for help (Mamas, I’m talking to you). If you don’t ask for help, you are never going to get it. Downsize your overloaded To-Do List and turn it into an easy-breezy, chilled out TaDa List!
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