The 7-Step Checklist that Keeps You on Course Throughout the Day

Do you control your workday?
Does it control you?

People who are successful share a common secret. They know that to get ahead, they must plan, set priorities and always follow through. As a result, they develop systems that work for them. Their reward and greatest benefit from organization – PEACE OF MIND AND A GIFT OF TIME.

Everybody has the same amount of time in a day, week or month; this special report gives you specific strategies to manage yours wisely. Learn this 7-step approach to accomplishing many large and perhaps unpleasant tasks. Finally – you’ll discover the secrets to putting off procrastination.

Organization is:
• Being able to find what you’re looking for;
• Getting things done; and
• Being in control of your life.

Now is the time to learn how to get organized. And I’ve got good news for you – organization is a skill; it can be learned. The most difficult part is breaking those lifelong bad habits (like letting your paperwork pile up). Anybody can get organized if they want to badly enough. Just start with one small step and then take others, one at a time. Once you see the benefits in one part of your life, you will be motivated to go on!

So, Susan, just what is this small step I have to take?

My friend, I’m going to give you 7 small steps to take right now. These are simple, yet effective techniques to begin incorporating into your day. Everyday just take one small step. Maybe you’ll want to start by focusing on just one step per day. By the end of the week, you will have accomplished all 7 steps. YEA! The next week, work on two steps each day and so forth until you can easily follow this 7-Step checklist that keeps you on course throughout the day.

Ok – let’s get started. Remember, change only happens where there is activity so let’s go:

1. Make a To-Do List

Not one long enough to reach the moon, just 5 things you want to accomplish today. After you see them on paper, prioritize by importance. You might want to consider writing them down before you go to bed tonight so in the morning you’ll be ready to rock-n-roll first thing.

2. Delegate as appropriate

Surely there is someone who can do some task that is sitting on your desk. To gain control, sometimes you first have to give it up. Find one thing that you don’t really have to do personally and delegate as appropriate.

3. Consider prime times

What time of day are you at your best? Find your best time, embrace it, honor it, and protect it like a hawk. During that time, work on those projects that need your absolute full attention.

4. Consider controllable time

In this day of age, we’re all connected in 24/7. However, if you’re serious about gaining a sense of control over your life, you have to protect your time. Managing interruptions and distractions is a must and is only accomplished by setting boundaries – with yourself and with others. Be firm, be nice but for goodness sake, set those boundaries to protect your time. Close your door, turn off your phone (even on vibrate you’ll be distracted as you see it scoot across your desk), turn off the TV that’s in the corner of your office, and mute the sound on your computer. Work focused and uninterrupted for at least 50 minutes. Then surface, let the world know you are still alive, and then go back within your boundaries to finish whatever you are working on. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done in 50 minutes of uninterrupted time.

5. Make daily plans

I’ve seen some time charts that have you plot out your entire day in 15 minute increments. Are you kidding me? Talk about control – do you have the control or does your time schedule? Planning your day means allowing sufficient time for those 5 items on your To-Do List, making sure your meetings are scheduled in such a way that allows you time immediately after the meeting is over to do your follow-up, type the minutes, and schedule in the activities arising from the meeting. Don’t come back to our office, toss your legal pad on the corner of your desk and utter those terrible words, “I’ll take care of this later.” AAGGHH! Remember, you are working on putting off procrastination so just take care of it now.

6. Check off completed actions

Oh my gosh, this is so the fun part. Check off what you have accomplished, celebrate the victories and go on to step #7. Be proud of whatever you got done and don’t beat yourself up. Remember, one small step at a time. It’s the ACTIVITY that matters.

7. Re-prioritize actions not completed

Tomorrow is a new day. Start at step #1 and just keep going.

You’re doing just fine. Don’t worry – change doesn’t happen overnight or even in a week. Change is non-linear; things are always dynamic and life is always happening. But what you are doing, is taking small steps with a systematic approach to getting the kind of day you want. Change will only happen where there is activity so commit to being just a tad bit more active each day.

You can do this. Keep going because isn’t it time for you to be in control?

It’s all about Discipline, Organization, a Strong Routine, and Persistent Activity.

You’re not doing this alone because I’m here with you. Watch for my emails and read my Blog – they are full of simple, yet effective strategies to help you improve your daily activity and increase your productivity.

You’ll feel better at the end of the day and after all, don’t you deserve that?

You deserve happiness and will enjoy every day again!

No Excuses – Just Results

Susan Wagers
America’s Breakthrough Strategist™