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The Tater Salad To-Do List

I’ve noticed, especially recently, that my to-do list is a lot like a big bowl of tater salad. No matter how much you dish out and consume, it hardly puts a dent in the bowl. You go to put the lid back on the container and it’s hard to believe there’s not more in there than when you started. It’s not healthy to eat the whole bowl in one sitting, just as it’s not healthy for your business to have your main focus be knocking everything off the list in one day.
It took me a while to realize that my to-do app on my iPhone would always have that little red circle, with a double digit number in it, staring me in the eye at the end of the day, but I’ve put together a couple different game plans for productivity that I stick to on a daily basis. Utilizing these methods I’m able to get as much work done as humanly possible, and I feel good about it, even knowing I have another long list waiting for me tomorrow.
I had mentioned that it’s not healthy to simply try and knock everything out in a day. What will happen is that some part of one of your projects will get neglected or done with sub par results. You can only do what you can do, and that’s the truth. Complete your tasks to the best of your ability. Odds are if you leave a spoonful here or a spoonful there, it’s going to end up back in the bowl later.
Power Prioritizing
The first method I utilize for successful time management is what I like to call “Power Prioritizing.” I’ll take my list of to-do’s and order them from what I can knock out the quickest to what will be the most time consuming. This works great for the “mental game,” and I use it when I’m discouraged from the piles of work on my desk. I often feel like a dog chasing my tail, juggling a day job and two successful side businesses, but when I can knock out a quantity of tasks, I go to bed feeling as though I got a lot accomplished that day. Don’t misinterpret what I’m saying, I don’t mean take quantity over quality, still devote the utmost energy to those tasks.
Vacation Countdown
My favorite method for managing time I coin as the “Vacation Countdown.” Just like counting the days to a vacation, I order my tasks so that I can look forward to the last items. I’ll sit down at the beginning of the day and decide what projects I can realistically complete, then order them from what I’m least excited about, to what project I’m truly passionate about. I’ve found that this method gives me something to look forward to, much like working through those last grueling days at the office before vacation. It’s very tempting to procrastinate when the last items on your to-do list are as much fun as cleaning out a hog pen, and nine times out of ten, when I’ve done this in the past, those last few items show up again on my list the next day. Now how productive is that? Getting through your duties with the chain-gang will be a LOT easier when there’s a beachside cabana waiting for you at the end of the list. I love writing for business, and I’m writing this article at the end of my day.
I’ll admit, some days completing a task means you have to add two or three more. You have to be disciplined and keep moving. If you’re struggling to manage time from day to day, I encourage you to use one of the methods I do to help you get to the end of your list, feeling proud and accomplished.

I’ve noticed, especially recently, that my to-do list is a lot like a big bowl of tater salad. No matter how much you dish39165835 out and consume, it hardly puts a dent in the bowl. You go to put the lid back on the container and it’s hard to believe there’s not more in there than when you started. It’s not healthy to eat the whole bowl in one sitting, just as it’s not healthy for your business to have your main focus be knocking everything off the list in one day.

It took me a while to realize that my to-do app on my iPhone would always have that little red circle, with a double digit number in it, staring me in the eye at the end of the day, but I’ve put together a couple different game plans for productivity that I stick to on a daily basis. Utilizing these methods I’m able to get as much work done as humanly possible, and I feel good about it, even knowing I have another long list waiting for me tomorrow.

I had mentioned that it’s not healthy to simply try and knock everything out in a day. What will happen is that some part of one of your projects will get neglected or done with sub par results. You can only do what you can do, and that’s the truth. Complete your tasks to the best of your ability. Odds are if you leave a spoonful here or a spoonful there, it’s going to end up back in the bowl later.

Power Prioritizing

The first method I utilize for successful time management is what I like to call “Power Prioritizing.” I’ll take my list of to-do’s and order them from what I can knock out the quickest to what will be the most time consuming. This works great for the “mental game,” and I use it when I’m discouraged from the piles of work on my desk. I often feel like a dog chasing my tail, juggling a day job and two successful side businesses, but when I can knock out a quantity of tasks, I go to bed feeling as though I got a lot accomplished that day. Don’t misinterpret what I’m saying, I don’t mean take quantity over quality, still devote the utmost energy to those tasks.

Vacation Countdown

My favorite method for managing time I coin as the “Vacation Countdown.” Just like counting the days to a vacation, I order my tasks so that I can look forward to the last items. I’ll sit down at the beginning of the day and decide what projects I can realistically complete, then order them from what I’m least excited about, to what project I’m truly passionate about. I’ve found that this method gives me something to look forward to, much like working through those last grueling days at the office before vacation. It’s very tempting to procrastinate when the last items on your to-do list are as much fun as cleaning out a hog pen, and nine times out of ten, when I’ve done this in the past, those last few items show up again on my list the next day. Now how productive is that? Getting through your duties with the chain-gang will be a LOT easier when there’s a beachside cabana waiting for you at the end of the list. I love writing for business, and I’m writing this article at the end of my day.

I’ll admit, some days completing a task means you have to add two or three more. You have to be disciplined and keep moving. If you’re struggling to manage time from day to day, I encourage you to use one of the methods I do to help you get to the end of your list, feeling proud and accomplished.