be intentional

How to tackle your never ending to do list

By Lily Dagdag

Between me and my twin sister, we've got 3 kids under the age of 5 so trying to run a business can be quite a juggling act. It's easy to get caught up putting out fires all day, then you look at the clock and realize that it's 8 pm and you haven't done anything to move your business forward, (oh and you forgot to eat lunch again). When that happens, it's easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you're never going to catch up.

So how do you get back on track?

Be intentional.

A few months ago my coach introduced me to the one page productivity planner, which included my top 3 priorities for the day. That way, even if I didn't do much else, I knew that I made progress towards my goals. Also, having those 3 priorities meant that whenever I had a spare 15 minutes I could get something done without wasting the first 10 minutes wondering what I should do first.

The tricky part about this is to choose 3 realistic intentions. It can involve multiple steps but it should still be doable in the time you have. For example, if you want to overhaul your business systems, it's probably not realistic to aim to do it in one day. Instead set the intention to choose 1 process (such as client intake) and write down everything you do. Then you can spend some time thinking about how you can streamline what you already have in place. At the end of the day, review what you did and didn't get done, then use that information to set your intentions for the next day.

Keep in mind that this is a process, so if you find yourself constantly unable to finish your intentions it may be time to tweak something. Also, it is okay to accept that some days, things won't get done. Beating yourself about it won't help. Just set the intention that tomorrow will be better, then follow through! Before you know it you'll be more productive, and you'll be able to get some time back for the things that really matter (like binge watching your favorite shows on netflix).

Lily Dagdag is the co-founder of Save Your Time Biz Solutions, that helps their clients build a powerful online presence step by step–concept, design, and all the tech stuff, so they can save time, avoid overwhelm, and focus on the good stuff – getting more sales.

Her and co-founder, Patricia Talavera are on a mission to help women business owners create websites that will grow their business without stress and overwhelm. Follow them on Facebook.

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