One Crazy Simple, Powerful Productivity Tip

Intensive task setting can cause more problems than it solves. Everybody knows that it’s essential for getting anything done, but a lot of entrepreneurs get caught in the trap of creating so many tasks that it’s hard to work out which takes priority. This can create a kind of paralysis where you’re not sure where to start, and it takes some time to get going in your day.

Here’s a simple trick to become productive immediately: grab a piece of paper and write down three things that need to be done. Now do them.

Don’t cheat: no social media, and no checking your email. Write down three specific tasks that are of vital importance to your business on a piece of paper, put it where you can’t avoid seeing it, and then work exclusively on those tasks.

As each thing is done, cross it off your list. Don’t replace that item on your list yet, just work on the next item until the entire list is done. This gives you proof that things are moving forward, and when you’re done, you get that satisfying feeling of a piece of physical evidence that you accomplished something.

Now, throw it out, grab another paper, and write down another three tasks.

This simple trick can snap you out of that early-morning lethargy, helping you to avoid the time wasters of email and social media. Some of the most productive people use this technique to set priorities and start accomplishing things as soon as they’ve sat down  at their desks.

Still feeling like things aren’t as efficient as they could be in your business? Process development is a specialty at Any Old Task. Get in touch with us at to find out how your life can be transformed into an easier and more profitable one.

Meet your host

Sandra Booker, Founder of Changemaker Inc. (home to Sidekick COO and The VA Studio) and creator of Scale Society and The Advisory Board, is a mentor, Fractional COO  and growth strategist. She specializes in helping overworked, overwhelmed, multi-hatted entrepreneurs become the CEOs of sustainably scalable, and powerfully profitable businesses. 

After helping local businesses thrive, and receiving accolades in her community (like the 40 Under 40 award) Sandra turned her attention to the world of online service providers, and her clients include familiar names like Chanti Zak, Tarzan Kay, and Laura Belgray.

In her (efficiently used) spare time, she teaches others how to build and grow their own 6-figure virtual assistant practices and is on a mission to create a million jobs by helping her clients and students scale their businesses.

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