Ever feel like you have too much on your plate? Like there just aren’t enough hours in the day? I get where you’re coming from.
As a mom, wife, and entrepreneur, I can definitely relate. And you know what’s interesting? Even when I feel that crazy sense of being overwhelmed, it is really hard for me to want to slow down. There are so many things in this life I want to accomplish. I’m sure you’re the same. Which is why I’m stoked to share this tool with you today! I know if you’re consistent with it, it’ll make a difference.
Today I want to chat with you about the Power List, a quick and effective tool I use to calm the chaos and prioritize that tasks that are going to be most fruitful in my life and business.
How to Use A Power List To Get Stuff Done
The Power List is a quick DIY system introduced to me through an episode of Andy Frisella’s business podcast called “Win the Day.”
Warning: there is some heavy language in the podcast so if you’re sensitive to that, stick to this blog post instead of the podcast. I’ll tell you everything you need to know.
You won’t need much more than a notebook or notepad and a pencil. Let’s get started!
How to Set Up Your Power List
I recommend building your list in a notebook as opposed to just scraps of paper. I chose to make mine on a sticky note pad inside of my planner. That’s an option too if you’d like to keep your planner and your power list together.
Step 1: Write the day and date at the of a fresh sheet of paper.
Step 2: Think of a crazy big goal that you want to accomplish in your personal life, blog, or business. You aren’t going to write these down yet, but they are important to know because they’re going to help you build your power list.
So you’ve thought about those crazy big goals that you want to reach, right? Now we’re going to break those into action steps.
Step 3: List 5 critical tasks that you can accomplish TODAY to get you one step closer to accomplishing your goals. Write them down.
These tasks should not be ones that you are well versed in. They should be tasks that you are wanting to become consistent in.
Pro Tip: Use fun clips like these to keep your place in your Power List Notebook so you never miss a day.
Step 4: Now that you have your power list (list of 5 critical tasks for the day) you can put your energy into accomplishing them. Work at them day after day until accomplishing them becomes easy and almost second nature.
Step 5: Once you’ve completed your task for the day, cross it off your list.
Step 6: Once the tasks on your list have been accomplished or become engrained in your routine, they should be replaced. Review your goals again. Come up with a new action step and add it to your list.
Quick Tips For Using Your Power List
1. The Power List is for keeping track of DAILY action steps. If you can’t accomplish it in a day, it doesn’t go on this list.
2. Choose tasks that you have control of and not tasks that are dependent on other people.
3. If you finish you list at 10 am, don’t feel like you have to create more tasks to keep you busy until 5 pm. That’s one of the plus sides of being an entrepreneur. You get to control where and how you spend your time. “Work smarter, not harder. ”
Are you ready to build your Power List?
What’s one action step you can today to get the results you want in your life? Think about it, write it down, and come up with four more. Share your power list in the comments! Let’s keep each other accountable!
Want to learn more about this topic? Check out the Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. He’s fabulous at painting the big picture when it comes to consistency in life and business.
Resources we recommend:
How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your SoulThe Compound EffectThe Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)Seize the Day: Living on Purpose and Making Every Day Count