Lists are a beautiful thing. They work for writers via list posts (such as 7 Reasons Your Online Business Needs WordPress), everyday folks with their groceries, and even weekend chores get their own to do list.
What about your online business and intentions for 2011; would a list help? Keeping a list of action items to conquer on a weekly (or daily) basis may be just what you need to keep you on track and ratchet up your productivity.
List Now, Browse Later
Time is precious and these days there are plenty of distractions jockeying for top priority. But your online business start up is yearning for growth so to help focus your mind here’s what you do.
Before you sit at your keyboard, decide what you’re going to accomplish. This approach takes me all of 5 minutes to put it down on paper in “grocery list” form.
(However, I may convert from paper and pen to the online tool at RememberTheMilk.com; a great recommendation courtesy of my friend Sarah at Common Sense Marketing (thanks!). But feel free to beat me to it, folks, and let me know if you do.)
Be sure that the only windows you open in your browser are to accomplish a goal on your list. Need to write that article? Open Notepad or MS Word, not Internet Explorer, and start writing!
Been neglecting your email subscriber list or Facebook fans? Then zap out a content-rich email to your subscribers and then go add value to your Facebook community. The key here is to focus on what you wrote down that will help your business; building relationships and writing content count. Watching mind-numbing videos or reading celebrity blogs does not count.
Here’s why you should be making more online to-do lists in 2011:
- They cut down casual-surfing tendencies
- Force you to target high-priority tasks
- Ensure at least 80% of your time is focused on the 20% of tasks that will most benefit your business
- Lists boost discipline
- Give you metrics to evaluate your progress
…make sense to you now?
Make Your List Today
OK, so I’m a bit biased but first on your list should be signing up for my free updates. That way, these nifty time management and business growth articles make it straight to your Inbox as they’re published.
After that just get out a piece of paper, grab your best pen, and turn off your monitor. Start small by numbering your sheet 1-through-3 and write down the top 3 actions you should be taking to grow your online business today.
Brave enough to share your top 3 below?