Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 2 - (Page 27)
Building a Powerful TO-DO List
SEVEN TIPS FOR SUCCESS
BY SUSAN MILLER
ou’ll find them in cockpits and operating room suites as well as in cosmetology instructors’ lesson plans. Chances are, there may be a few errant ones littering your handbag or passenger seat. Just what are these ubiquitous scraps that have the power to hold both our business and personal lives together? Lists, of course! While some say gravity is the force that keeps our feet on the ground, many people credit a wellcrafted list as the tool that keeps them from being blown away by the day’s demands. Not all lists are created equal. Indeed, there is an art and a science to list crafting. Just ask Paula Rizzo, creator of the highly addictive blog ListProducer.com. As a senior health producer at FOX News, Rizzo relies on lists to ensure that her reports are fast and factual. She notes that lists can help almost anyone become more organized and empowered as well as more successful, efficient, focused and productive. How does one create a good list? Here are a few tips from the List Producer, Paula Rizzo.
Don’t mix your lists. Keep your work to-dos separate from your grocery list and your honey-do list separate from your “list of things to say in awkward situations” (yes, you’ll find such a list on listproducer.com).
Be specific. For example, instead of writing, “Go to the mall,” write, “Return dress to Macy’s.”
Prioritize. Sometimes deadlines may drive the structure of your list; other times, your priorities may be guided by the values that drive your life.
Incorporate your values into your lists. The Franklin Covey daily “to-do” system requires users to categorize an item as a) urgent and important; b) non-urgent but important; c) urgent and unimportant; and d) not urgent and not-important. Ideally, you’ll spend most of your time on the Bs and no time on the Ds.
If it has been on your list for weeks, it may not be that important. Don’t hesitate to cross off an unnecessary item.
Don’t forget unfinished items. If an item doesn’t make it off today’s list, be sure to move it forward to the next day’s to-dos.
Promote accountability. Include delegated items on your to-do list, but put the initials of the person you delegated the item to next to the item. At the end of the day, you can circle back with them and ensure that the item was completed. This tactic can help avoid “dropped ball” syndrome.
Reconsider if an item actually needs to be done. If it has
been on your list for weeks, it may not be that important. Don’t hesitate to cross off an unnecessary item. Susan Miller is editorial director for BeautyLink magazine.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 2
Message from the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings of Washington
CEA 2012 Convention Preview
A Student’s Perspective NEW!
A Beautiful Return
AACS Listserve Q & A
Building a Powerful To-Do List
Creating Agile and Efficient Meetings
Wearing Many Hats
Beauty Changes Lives
Your Career Center
Never Assume a Pitch Is Dead
Creating Green Value
And Then There’s Compliance
Voices from the Classroom
Behind the Scenes with The Hunger Games
Creating a Dream Career
Accommodating Students with Disabilities
Associate Member Profiles: Insurance and Legal Services
People & Places
New Products & Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2012 Events
Index to Advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 2