I have always been a great believer in making lists – but now here it is from the King of entrepreneurs – Richard Branson. This was taken from a tweet at the beginning of the year.
Here are 10 simple steps for making a list that you will be able to stick to:
1. Write down every single idea you have. No idea is too small, and no idea is too big either.
2. Always carry a notebook. You need somewhere to write your ideas down, and while using a folder
on your phone is better than nothing, a piece of paper is far more memorable.
3. Find a list method that works for you. Doodles, bullet-points, charts what suits you best? I I find a combination of short phrases and scribbled pictures works best for me.
4. Make a list of small, manageable tasks to complete every day. Cut your day up into chunks, and you’ll get lots more done.
5. Mark off every completed task. There are few more satisfying things than ticking off a job well done.
6. Make your goals measurable so you know if your plans are working. There’s no point setting targets if you don’t know if you are hitting them.
7. Set far off, outlandish goals. Resolutions shouldn’t just have short-term endpoints. What do youw want to have achieved in five years’ time? How about 50 years?
8. Include personal goals in your lists, not just business. There’s no real separation between work and life, it’s all just living. The same goes for lists.
9. Share your goals with others. You can help motivate each other further and hold each other to account. But remember that, in the end, you are doing this for yourself.
10. Celebrate your successes then make new lists of new goals. The cycle should continue as you make more and more progress. I have boxes and boxes of old notes, filled with old lists, and I’m busy making more.
So there it is – Richard Branson – his tips on making effective to do lists.