I’m going to throw a wrench into that idea now… have you ever thought about making a “no way” or “not-anymore list?”
Most successful and high-achieving people have habits but also definitely have a good filtering process. Having a no-way or not-anymore list helps keep you focused on the most important tasks and filter out the less important ones.
Here are a few things that should go on your “No-Way” or Not-Anymore-List” TODAY!
1. Setting up Meetings
We’ve all been guilty of this at one point or another… setting up meetings simply for the fact of setting up a meeting. There’s no clear goal or agenda in mind, you’re just getting together for the sake of having a meeting.
2. Doing Everything
We’ve talked about delegating tasks and jobs to other members of your team before. This is an area that is so important and should absolutely be on this list. Don’t try to do it all by yourself as this is the quickest way to burnout, inefficiency and the slowest way to growing revenues. Only take on those crucial activities that you do best!
3. Answering all Messages
It’s so easy to get bogged down with hundreds of emails, voicemails and texts throughout the day. Don’t stress over answering them all immediately. We have some how convinced ourselves that we need to reply to emails instantly and that’s just not the case.
For increased efficiency, I recommend that you set-aside 2-3 times each day (Monday-Friday or your standard operating business days) to check and/or respond to emails. This puts you in a routine and creates a good habit.
I’ve even seen some professionals utilize an email autoresponder effectively that lets email senders know what times during the day they will be checking emails and if a response is needed prior to then, to please call their assistant or cell phone directly.
4. People Pleasing
The only person you should be making sure is happy is yourself. Yes, you want your clients to be pleased with the service they receive and as long as you are delivering on what has been sold, you should rest easy.
Don’t spend time with people you don’t trust or you can’t count on just because you feel obligated. This only wastes your time, can often be felt by the other person.
5. Perpetually Problem Solving
Pick and choose your battles. Not every problem can be solved and rectified. If the problem is something you can control, than by all means, do what you can to solve it. If, however, it is something you are not able to control or influence, my recommendation is to let it go and instead focus your intentions where you do have influence and can control the outcome.
If something is beyond your control do not, and I repeat do not waste your precious time worrying about it. Don’t get hung up over details.
Agonizing over mistakes that were made or missed opportunities will only have you dwelling on the past instead of looking ahead to the future. Afterall, worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.
I’ve given you a starting point for crafting your own “no-way” or “not-anymore list”. What else will you add to it?
To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success, Dana
P.S. Let’s connect! Contact me for a complimentary Strategy Call and we’ll get your to-do list and no-way list in order!