Tackle your to-do list like a boss

Last week we hosted an event through Homeroom with Rachel Service of The Happiness Concierge. As well as all sorts of other wonderful advice about establishing boundaries, work-life balance and avoiding burnout, Rachel introduced us to an amazing to-do list system. 

Over to Rachel... Read and learn!

Y'all all know that feeling right? When everything is due, you're so busy, and have no idea where to start? You are not alone, my friend! Work can be trés overwhelming when you're looking at your to-dos like they're all Tasks Of Doom.

This handy little checklist has saved my bacon SO MANY TIMES. Let this be the first day of the rest of your working life.

Write each of your to-dos on this list and assign it a category: Urgent, Important, Delegate and Do Later. Now you've put it into a section, it's time to assign a time when you will really do all this.

Delegate: what items on your list can be outsourced to a freelancer, intern, or colleague who shares your KPIs? Spend a good 20 minutes delegating tasks off your desk. Delegate before tackling anything else on your list. Less to do already.

Do Later: Don't let your do-laters slip into Never Going To Happen-dom. Assign a time in your diary when you will come back to this list. Look at locking out a few hours in the quiet pockets of the week, or perhaps next week. Mentally file that shit away. You've assigned a time and it's going to happen – later. Your workload is lightening up and you're only halfway there.

Important: not the same as urgent. This stuff is important – but not career threatening if they don't happen today. Look at your 'Urgents'. Approximately how long would it take to tackle those tasks? Say, a few hours? Could you perhaps put in your diary a non-negotiable 1.5 hours or even an afternoon working from home later this week to focus on the 'Importants'? Yeah, you can. 

Urgents: what are you waiting for? Your desk is free! Go forth and get that done, dusted and get yourself out for a celebration coffee!

This post originally appeared on The Happiness Concierge.

Claire Deane