Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

The Power of a List

July 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 219

It's amazing how when things get super busy and we try to speed up, Murphy's Law or nature in general takes over with things to slow us down - whether we get sick, overwhelmed, or just mess things up in general.

From my days of simultaneously launching the AmeriCorps program and handling Presidential event logistics, I learned a valuable lesson:

When everything starts to speed up and spin out of control, stop. Stop, assess and create a list.

Sounds oddly simple and yet exceedingly frustrating all at the same time. Most people react with, "Are you crazy? I can't slow down let alone stop to create a list" - often with several expletives woven in.

I promise however that if you do stop and create a list, you'll finish much quicker and with more of your mind intact.

The first list I create is a massive "brain dump". I just write everything that pops into my head for 10-15 minutes - and please use a timer as it takes that long for your brain to truly empty itself. Think of this as "clearing your mental desk".

Then, I pull things out, prioritize and, if several of the items relate to each other (upcoming travel, holiday, event, teleseminar, etc.), I create a checklist of them and fill it in further as I go along.

The power of a list/checklist:

  • Create it once and it's done (sounds a lot like a system)
  • You can delegate things on the list to others (with the list, DH knew exactly how to best help me prepare without either of us losing our mind)
  • There's no worry about what you're forgetting - simply check things off as they're done (my sister and I use this approach for holiday dinner shopping)
  • Teleseminar/Webinar/Webcast/Live Event - having a checklist for each will make things much easier for you, and your team. We have a 72-point launch checklist for each product and the overall E3 Summit checklist is much longer - that said, I know we've got things covered and feel totally comfortable delegating.
  • Create one for commonly-bought groceries with checkboxes and stick on fridge, so anyone going to store can grab the list and go, knowing you're getting everything that's needed (we have for groceries and Staples Office Supplies)

The goal of course is to minimize what you have to remember while making it easy for you to delegate to your team, your partner, your kids, anyone.

I have a specific list for business travel which includes everything from business cards (yep, I forgot them once), to power cords to blank follow-up cards and stamps to a specific number of small dollar bills for tipping shuttles, cabs, etc.


When you find yourself doing/wondering something more than once, it's time for a list. Whether you use it for yourself, your clients or your team - the goal is to maximize speed of implementation while minimizing frustration and overwhelm for all involved.

Taking 10 minutes now to create that list and, dare I say it... system, will save you hours of frustration and, where a team is involved, hundreds or thousands of dollars in the future.

So what are you waiting for?

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Small Business Marketing


Small Business Coaching


Sandra Martini


Sandy Martini


Business Consulting

In India, employment opportunities are set to grow by a good margin in the coming year, a phase which was started in the turn of the second decade of the 21st century. organisation, candidates with

By: Sarkariexam l Business > Careers Employment l April 01, 2013 lViews: 11709

Sometimes it is amazing to see that certain jobs can precipitate huge turnouts in the recruitment drives. It is as if thousands of people were waiting for the vacancy advertisements and the moment

By: Sarkariexam l Business > Careers Employment l December 30, 2012 lViews: 690

In recent times, jobs in healthcare segments have grown tremendously. It is anticipated that this growth curve will continue for the times to come. Various factors are responsible for this

By: Sarkariexam l Business > Career Advice l December 27, 2012 lViews: 448

Are you in a dilemma whether to choose web based CRM or not? If yes, don’t worry. You aren’t the sole person having this doubt.There are numerous firms trying to make out whether investing in a

By: Reneta Vasileva l Business > Customer Service l December 23, 2012 lViews: 409

If you think about it you will realize the fact that each business has its own set of risks that are involved in it.The trade secrets that you have and the information related to the business is what

By: brumbrum1 l Business > Risk Management l December 23, 2012 lViews: 263

As the time is changing, concierge management services are now growing despite the slowing economies of the world. The main reason of it is the need that is highly specific to the people who like to

By: willsmith10 l Business > Management l December 23, 2012 lViews: 334

Controlling our speech may be the most difficult discipline. To be able to control what one says in the negotiation process reveals strength and poise.

By: Rhett S Kniepl Business > Small Businessl July 12, 2012 lViews: 239

As a small business owner, you need to make the best of your limited resources. And your website is one of them. Are you dependent on some third party to make your updates and resolve your issues?

By: Pragati Bidkarl Business > Small Businessl July 11, 2012 lViews: 196

If you are running a mutual fund organization, it is mandatory that you understand certain regulations that the fund is subject to. SEC, the US Securities and Exchange Commission governs mutual funds

By: Sarah Johsl Business > Small Businessl July 11, 2012 lViews: 233

Sometimes waiting for an email response from the IRS is too much. You can log in and check your File Status at any time of the day or night. The steps for checking the file status are in this article.

By: Erich J Ruthl Business > Small Businessl July 09, 2012 lViews: 212

Copy B of most of the 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922 Forms must be distributed to the recipient by the end of January (31st). Sometimes the due date falls on the 1st or 2nd of February, but the end of

By: Erich J Ruthl Business > Small Businessl July 09, 2012 lViews: 202

Have you ever driven across town to save a dime a gallon on a fill up of gasoline? I have, and it just does not pay. If you fill the tank and your tank holds fifteen gallons, then you have saved a

By: Randal Robertsl Business > Small Businessl July 07, 2012 lViews: 218

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus