Do you have an item on your to-do list that’s just been moving… constantly… from one day’s to-do list to the next?
Is it admin related? Something that’s important but non-urgent? Something you know you SHOULD do, but would really prefer to just keep putting off, assuming you’ll be in the mood to knock it off tomorrow?
As we juggle life across work, family, hobbies and, you know, finding time to sleep, it’s easy to move the things we don’t quite know how to tackle onto a future list, rather than pause and find a solution in the moment. Even the simplest of things can feel overwhelming if they’ve loomed for long enough — like cleaning your desk, filing paperwork, or figuring out the best way to keep your calendar organised.
Desks remain cluttered, paperwork sits in an unorganised heap, and diary appointments are made with an inconsistent mix of calendar appointments and scribbled post-it notes.
And your productivity suffers.
Today I’m challenging you to look that bad to-do-but-never-really-done habit in the eye, and figure out what it is that’s getting in the way of crossing it off the list for good. If it comes down to a core problem of an unreliable or ineffective system, it’s time to face the facts — and fill the leaks.
Are you putting off filing because your cabinets are stuffed to overflowing? Implement some easy digitisation techniques to solve the problem for good. Your files will be accessible wherever you are, backed up in a digital environment, forever — and your desk will remain clearer, giving you physical and mental space to focus with clarity and intent.
Does it take ten emails to schedule a team meeting across your four-person team? Bring everyone into alignment with an automated scheduling solution, so there’s no blockage to finding time to connect.
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Whatever the problem is that’s hounded you enough to turn into a bad work habit, it’s time to kick it to the curb. With the range of automation tools that can be implemented in a matter of minutes, there’s really nothing standing in the way of improving your management — of yourself, your team, or your resources.
What do you stand to gain by crossing that item off your to-do list, never to be seen again?