What's on your daily to-do list
The value of an employee to-do list and how to get one
To-Do or Not To-Do
Productivity and efficiency make the gears of the business machine turn. But this machine can stall if your workers don't have the tools to make the most of their time. Have you considered the value of an employee to-do list? Keep your team on track and your bottom line healthy with one small change.
The advantages of a
To-do lists are something that benefits every part of our lives, not just our companies. They help keep grocery costs down and are even useful for family camping trips. In the company, a to-do list can be the difference between a productive workforce and one that is not delivering results.
They keep you organized
Researchers believe that multitasking can reduce productivity by up to 40 percent. Problem is, when you have a million and one to hit, it can feel like multitasking is the only approach. In reality, a list can be a way to go through all of these tasks in an organized manner. Set aside time each morning to plan what you need to accomplish during work hours.
You can feel motivated
Every time you cross something off your to-do list, your brain experiences a hit of dopamine. This chemical is known as a feel-good neurotransmitter because that's what it does. It makes us feel good.
When you've written a day's worth of assignments, the idea of being able to check them off can be enough motivation to get them done. Your brain wants this flood of dopamine, and productivity can help you get it.
You have more room for creativity.
Not every task we have lined up in a day will allow us to flex our creative muscles. Little things like printing spreadsheets or loading paperwork, though necessary, are no fun.
By writing these boring tasks down, you are freeing your mind (and time) for those more creative jobs on your list. They know you have to do repetitive tasks, but they take up paper space instead of your head.
Room for delegation
Almost 45 percent of managers in a West Monroe partner survey said they felt overwhelmed. At least 36 percent also said they spent more time managing than supervising their team.
With the help of a to-do list, you can view all the tasks on paper that you can delegate to someone else. Sometimes the simple act of writing down your daily to-do list can make some significant changes in the work day.
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How to develop a proper to-do list
The benefits of a to-do list may be clear, but it may not get the ball rolling. Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to build your daily job list.
Step 1- Find a method that works for you
Everyone has their own way of organizing their day. What works for you may not work for your colleagues and vice versa. Hence, the first thing to do is figure out which method of list building is right for you.
Some people prefer the traditional pen and paper method, which can feel more personal. Given the digital age we live in, others can use the to-do list software and apps. Neither method is wrong.
Step 2- prioritize your tasks
You have chosen your task list type, and now it is time to prioritize your tasks. Put them in the order not just what is more stressful, but the time of day you are more productive to achieve them. For example, financial tasks that involve calculations may be better suited for the morning when your brain is fresh.
Step 3- interrupt your chores
There's nothing wrong with being ambitious, but it can be to your disadvantage in planning your days. Make sure you break your chores down into bite-sized pieces. For example, cleaning the entire restaurant may not be accessible at once. Instead, break this job down into smaller ones, like the dishes and vacuum the dining area.
Step 4- Set the time frame
One of the most valuable reasons for creating a to-do list is to keep your team as productive as possible. While writing down tasks can help in this process, so can setting time frames. Next to each task, be sure to include the estimated number of minutes or hours. You can then set a realistic number of jobs per day.
Important takeaways to your employees too
asking them to write a to-do list is a pretty easy thing to do. Surprisingly, however, it has the potential to revolutionize your daily operations-
- To-do lists can keep you organized, creative, and motivated. You can even set a line on tasks that you can delegate as a time-saving measure.
- They are also easy to do, but can be very effective in helping a business run like a well-oiled machine.
- Find a method that works for you; For example, paper or digital, prioritize your tasks and then divide them up.
- Business owners, managers and employees can all see value in to-do lists to help manage their daily workload.
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