What I Won’t Be Doing in 2019

I love making my to-do lists. I find them to be very helpful. I have one for annual goals, one for longer-term or non-deadline specific goals, and then my weekly calendar with the top 3-4 things that have to be done each day.

However, I realize that I need to also keep a not-to-do list. This list would remind me of things that I should stop doing, or should limit. At the top of this list is to limit my time on social media between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm. Those are the hours in which I work and spend time with my family. At work, I simply don’t open browser tabs for Facebook or Twitter. At home, I leave my smartphone in my purse or on a table, away from where I am sitting.

I also would add to the list the business services that I want to stop providing. It’s the whole 80/20 rule. If 80 percent of my income is derived from 20 percent of my activities, then wouldn’t that mean I should focus on the 20 percent of activities that is bringing in the most income and stop doing the less-satisfying activities that are just not worth it? Continue reading

Things I’ve Learned from Podcasts – #7

Here’s another installment in my series of posts about podcast episodes I’ve listened to recently, along with “my takeaways” from each.

Beyond the To-Do List – Erik J. Fisher interviews Dave Delaney on “Structure, Routines, and Flexibility”

My Takeaways:

Creating the “Killer Calendar” – Map out your week, block out times on a calendar for what you want to do. Doesn’t have to be specific details, but things like “1 hr exercise” or “3 hrs client work” or “find new clients.” This is different from a to-do list. These are things that HAVE to get done. Once you have those time blocks filled, then you can slot optional things in around those blocked times. You can be adaptable within the calendar. Continue reading

Things I’ve Learned from Podcasts – #4

Welcome to the fourth in my series of blog posts presenting my takeaways from podcasts I’ve recently enjoyed. Now that this is becoming a regular feature of the blog — and I’ve run out of ways to say “Even more things I’ve learned…” — I’ve decided to simply number the series so readers can tell at-a-glance whether they’ve already read this post or not.

Here are two episodes I listened to recently, along with “my takeaways” from each.podcast_sm

1. The Startup Success Podcast – Episode 3.19: Hosts Bob Walsh and Patrick Foley talk about Bob’s Microconsulting venture.

My takeaways on to-do lists: While the discussion focused on startup founders and their incredibly long to-do lists, the tips I thought most valuable are applicable to anyone who finds themselves overwhelmed by the number of things on their to-do list. Bob advised taking a careful look at your to-do list and noting the 8-10 most important things that need to be accomplished. Continue reading