How To: Complete Your To-Do List

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Stay Focused and You’ll be Fine

“That’s a tomorrow problem.”

If this is a phrase you often find yourself saying, then reading this article today might be a good idea.

The business life is fast and hectic. As a business owner, you are the one doing all the running around, ensuring employees are doing what they should be, inventory is being managed appropriately, and your business is staying afloat. That can be a lot for one person to handle. And, no matter how many times you tell yourself, “I’ll get this done today,” somehow those tasks become a tomorrow problem.

Well, ‘tomorrow problem’s’ end now. At Direct Capital, we want to see you grow and succeed in business. Helping you stay on task and complete your daily checklists is one way to achieve that success.

6 Ways to Accomplish More Every Day

  1. Actually Making a To-Do List: The first step to staying on track is to make a list of everything you want to accomplish – monthly, weekly, and daily. Knowing what needs doing can help you designate estimated time for each task. To-do lists help you not only see what’s on your plate, but also manage them appropriately.
  2. Stifle Emotions… For Now: It’s okay to get frustrated in the workplace – It happens to everyone. But, letting your emotions control your actions can put a dent in completing your tasks. If you didn’t feel like tackling a certain project because you had a brief disagreement with a co-worker who is heading that project, you are slowing down the process. In the end, letting your emotions control you will only hurt the end results. Take a moment to yourself and then do the things you need to do, even if you don’t want to.
  3. Set Meetings on a Calendar: And we’re not talking a desk calendar, here. We mean an electronic calendar – from Outlook, Evernote, or other technology – that alerts you when things need to get done. Whether you are setting a notification for an upcoming meeting or just need to block off time for yourself to complete a project, setting these alerts will help you make – and keep to – a schedule. While there are many free technology services out there, if you are looking for a fully encompassed program to help manage time, look to Direct Capital for financing. We can provide you with a small business loan to pay for the purchase of that technology!
  4. Not Listening to Every Piece of Advice: Entrepreneur writes, “Find a mentor who has been successful in the area you want to achieve more success in and listen to them.” Everyone is going to have an opinion about how they think you should run your business, but it’s important to choose which pieces of advice to take with a grain of salt. You may not know right now what you need to do to take your business to the next level, but find the person that can help and listen to them. Any additional chatter could set you back on your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.
  5. Always Carry a Notebook: You could be anywhere when inspiration strikes so it’s important to always carry around what we call an “Idea Book.” Granted, these ideas may add an item to your to-do list, but they could also help you figure out a solution to crossing out one of the other items.
  6. Keep Focused: … And you’ll be fine. Avoid distractions, like constantly checking your email or phone, and you’ll be in a much better place. Entrepreneur writes, “Nothing can kill concentration more than working on an important task and stopping every five minutes to respond to the latest email or text.” Shut yourself off from everything but what you’re working on, keep focused, and soon you’ll be asking yourself “What’s next?”

At Direct Capital, we’re in the business to help you succeed in growing your business. We know how important it is to have people on your side; people who understand what it means to be a business owner. Whether you’re in need of financing to kick start those to-do lists, a cheering squad to let you know you will get through them, or just some additional business advice, we’re here for you.

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