Is Your Task List Realistic?
One of my favorite things about the writer’s life is having the option to set my own goals, deadlines, and expectations … but sometimes I take it too far.
If you’re also eager to live the writer’s life, you might find yourself trying to pile too much on your plate.
Here’s how I make sure I have realistic expectations and never feel overwhelmed: I make two lists.
1. A Focus List – This list lives on my Google Calendar. It outlines all the projects that have deadlines or keep my business moving. These things must be done—no matter what.
Most of the things on my focus list now are for clients. But when I was starting out, I thought of myself as the client. So this list included setting up my website and practicing writing. Go here to start building your focus list, if you’re not sure what should be on it.
The key to making your focus list work is to schedule only one “must complete” task per day.
If you finish early, you can move on to the next project or tackle something on your “other list” …
Either way, you can relax knowing you completed the biggest task on your focus list.
2. The Other List – The rest of my tasks go on my “other list.” I organize them by putting the most important at the top. Then, each day, I dedicate some time to chipping away at this list.
The things on this list include creating passive income streams, writing posts for my blog, and things I want to research or learn. I don’t put these things on my main “focus list” because they would overwhelm me.
To put this into action today, start a list for everything that distracts you from your main goal. For instance, let’s say you decided to focus on finishing AWAI’s Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting. But, then you read an article about romance writers …
You suddenly want to scrap all your hard work and change directions. Don’t!
Instead, write the distraction down on your “other list” to come back to later, when you have some free time … and then refocus on your original plan.
You may be surprised to find most of your distractions are just ways to procrastinate. Later—when your most important task is completed—those other distractions will likely fall off the list of things that have to be done.
I speak from experience when I say it’s easier to keep moving forward with a realistic task list. What do you think? Share it in the comments.
Tomorrow, I’ll share the method I use to get more done in less time—and how you can too.
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