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When you’re a one-human food blogging show, there is no shortage of dream projects to be tackled. Not separating your daily to-do list from your list of aspirations and can create a to-do list dilemma. And a roadblock to success. Learn how to better manage your food blogging to do list here.
I’ve been running my own businesses for over 10 years now. One of the things that still jerks my chain is my inability to get as much done each day as my to-do list requires. No matter what, I always fall short and end my days with feelings of angst instead of feelings of accomplishment.
dilemma /dīˈlemə/ noun a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially equally undesirable ones.
I was complaining about this to a friend a few months ago and she said: maybe the problem isn’t you, maybe it’s your to do list.
And she was right. My to do list was out of control.
Intellectually understood that by the time I’ve shopped, cooked, tested, cleaned, photographed, written and edited, one new recipe post takes me anywhere from 8-10 hours. But I somehow couldn’t stop myself from adding new posts to my to-do list like I could dash them off in an hour.
Until, that is, someone pointed it out to me.
Revising Your Food Blogging To Do List
Now I think more critically about what I really need to do and how long it will take. And, I’ve revised my to-do list to reflect this.
I still write everything down as it occurs to me, but my to-do is no longer a single column of items. It’s two. The first column is a short list of daily tasks and the other is where I keep a list of projects that I want to consider.
The operative word: consider. As Warren Buffett said, “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”
Sure, it’s important to make a list of ideas, but not every idea should make it on the to do list. When you jot down ideas as part of your to-do list, you’re creating distractions and setting impossible goals.
Now, when I sit down to work, I check off those items on my daily to-do list. Then, when my daily work is done, I consider other projects as possibilities. Then decide whether they make my to-do list. The result… I’m focused… and far less frustrated.
So, here’s to making your to-do lists and then checking them twice.