7 Tips to Achieving Your Things TO DO List

Posted on 26 February 2011 by Liza Mae V.

This past week has been quite busy or maybe it is due to the fact that I am in a transitional phase of life.  So many aspects of life seem to be changing all at the same time.

work. love. real estate. photography.

Two weeks ago I started working for talented photographers and directors in Toronto and putting it in my schedule has been quite difficult.  I have some renovations to complete, and leases are coming up on March 1st resulting to tenants moving in and out.  This also involves listing and showing the properties and this can become time consuming, especially when these people don’t show.  It wasn’t so bad last week but since my love left on Sunday, I am one to handle the burdens of three real estate properties.  It is like I am on call 24/7 and can not clock out.  Maybe it is all in my head for my emotions have been on such a roller coaster ride since he left.  I just need to get my priorities straight and list out all the things I need to do, so that the TO DO list won’t haunt me.

On the brighter side, I have two photography shoots tomorrow that I am extremely excited about. I will post updates on www.luxavision.com, you subscribe to the feed or like me on facebook.

With all the things happening in my life I realized that I need to start organizing my life by organizing my to do list.  I have also included a live example of my To do list.

7 Tips to Achieving Your Things TO DO List …

1. List out all the things you need to do in the order it comes to your head.  Once you have written it down, you will immediately feel relieved because the thoughts of the TO DO are out of your head in physical form.  Phewww!!

2. Add a due date. This will define what is really a priority.  It is okay to leave some blank for I know we have those pending tasks that have to be done but not necessarily today.

3. Ask yourself, “If I complete ONLY this task, will I feel satisfied with my day?” If yes, then this should be a priority.  You want to feel like you lived for the day and accomplished something that you are content with.

4. Do the least time consuming task first. So out of the priorities that need to be done today, start with the task that will take you the shortest time for when you have completed it – you will have a productive mentality.  This mentality will manifest in to your other tasks for the day.

5. Do what you can handle, you are not super+woman/man. Don’t take on too many things for you will stress out for not accomplishing what you have planned.

6. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. When inundated with so many things, just stop and take a moment for yourself to calm your mind, resulting in calming your body.  This is something I learned in Yoga.

7. Enjoy your life. No matter how busy we become we can’t forget to live our lives with love in our hearts.  Be joyful.  Be enthusiastic.  Be.

I hope these 7 tips have helped you in attacking your To Do list.  Now it is time to put my tips into action.

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This is an example of my current To Do list management.  There are only 4 steps to achieving your to do list.

Step 1: Create the To Do List

- Prepare and print model release forms
- Pack photography equipment and props
- Format CF cards
- Charge external card reader
- Pack remaining things from Property 64
- Clean Property 64 Basement
- Post ads for Property 7, 64, & 207 for Saturday rush
- Conceptualize Shoots
- Email Property 7 a reminder for rent
- Draft lease contracts for Property 64
- Organize Property 52 Basement + Bedroom
- Shoot Baby Kyla
- Shoot Headshots for Teresa

Step 2: Add Due Date and Prioritize.

Feb 26 – Prepare and print model release forms
Feb 26 – Pack photography equipment and props
Feb 26 – Format CF cards
Feb 26 – Charge external card reader
Feb 26 – Post ads for Property 7, 64, & 207 for Saturday rush
Feb 26 – Conceptualize Shoots
Feb 26 – Shoot Baby Kyla
Feb 26 – Shoot Headshots for Teresa

Feb 27 – Pack remaining things from Property 64
Feb 27 – Clean Property 64 Basement
Feb 27 – Email Property 7 a reminder for rent

Feb 28 – Draft lease contracts for Property 64

No Date – Organize Property 52 Basement + Bedroom

Step 3: “If I complete ONLY this task, will I feel satisfied with my day?”

Feb 26 – Prepare and print model release forms
Feb 26 – Pack photography equipment and props
Feb 26 – Format CF cards
Feb 26 – Charge external card reader
Feb 26 – Post ads for Property 7, 64, & 207 for Saturday rush
Feb 26 – Conceptualize Shoots
Feb 26 – Shoot Baby Kyla
Feb 26 – Shoot Headshots for Teresa

Feb 27 – Pack remaining things from Property 64
Feb 27 – Clean Property 64 Basement
Feb 27 – Email Property 7 a reminder for rent

Feb 28 – Draft lease contracts for Property 64

No Date – Organize Property 52 Basement + Bedroom

Step 4: Do the least time consuming task first.

Feb 26 – Prepare and print model release forms
Feb 26 – Pack photography equipment and props
Feb 26 – Format CF cards
Feb 26 – Charge external card reader
Feb 26 – Post ads for Property 7, 64, & 207 for Saturday rush
Feb 26 – Conceptualize Shoots
Feb 26 – Shoot Baby Kyla
Feb 26 – Shoot Headshots for Teresa

Feb 27 – Pack remaining things from Property 64
Feb 27 – Clean Property 64 Basement
Feb 27 – Email Property 7 a reminder for rent

Feb 28 – Draft lease contracts for Property 64

No Date – Organize Property 52 Basement + Bedroom

Let me know if this post was useful or if you have tips of your own that you would like to share!

- Liza Mae

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