The to-do list is a key part of everyday life for many people. Whether you're at home or at work, there's always a long line of tasks we need to complete.
Small business owners could find their to-do lists are longer than most and if you're one of them, it's time to start thinking about reducing it.
Here are some top tips that could make your list shorter than ever - and who knows, your stress levels might even fall, too!
Is there someone else who can do it for you?
Delegation is an art form when it comes to owning a small business. While there are certain tasks you'll undoubtedly need to do yourself, there are others that your colleagues could be given to do.
However, there's a fine line between an effective delegator and a shirker, so make sure you're not getting yourself a reputation as the latter!
Are your goals achievable?
A to-do list should be about small, manageable tasks that will keep your business ticking over from day to day or week to week.
Avoid putting your plans for world domination down on paper, they'll only make you frustrated. Tasks such as ordering office supplies and paying wages should take priority.
Are you making the effort to cross items off your list?
Your to-do list is exactly that - a list of items you actually need to do. They're not going to complete themselves, so if your list is too long, ask yourself whether you're making the necessary effort.
Start with the smaller tasks and you'll be surprised how quickly you whittle them down. Don't be surprised that if once you start more items will be added - that's just how business goes!
Wishing you all the best for your week in business.