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It’s Time to Tame Your Too Hard Basket

Published by Mikala on

Too Hard Basket

What animal does your too-hard basket remind you of?

Is it a lazy sloth, with extremely slow and sluggish movement?

Or is it more like a meerkat of procrastination – constantly on alert and looking for another distraction?

Whatever the animal, the Too Hard Basket is called that for a reason. I’m going to help you unpack that basket, right here, right now. Speed up the sloth and manage the meerkat using these simple steps.

STEP 1:

Grab a pen and paper and write down the top 3 to 5 things that have been sitting at the bottom of your Too Hard Basket for a while. You know that ones I’m talking about – the one that you either don’t have the time, money, patience, brain-space or skills to do.

Here are mine:

  • Apply for a trademark
  • Document my current business processes
  • Tidy up my filing structure and transfer files from Dropbox to Google Drive
  • Source personalised logo stickers for snail mail
STEP 2:

OK, now that you have your lust of dreaded tasks, I want you to work out an action plan to tackle them. Right. Now.

Wait- I can hear your groans from here… But before you delete this email in disgust hear me out.

Would you believe me if I told you getting these suckers dealt with is as easy as 1-2-3?

  1. Schedule it
  2. Delegate it
  3. Delete it

To tame your Too Hard Basket totem animal, use the power of 3: Use them in any order, just limit your actions to these three things:

Schedule It

If this is your decision, open your calendar right now, chose a day and time and get this puppy scheduled in! Whether is goes in for tomorrow or next month, don’t think about it too hard – JUST DO IT!

Delegate It

This is my personal favourite! If you have neither the time, patience, brain-space or skill, this one is for you. I guarantee that there is someone out there who can do it faster and more effectively than you can and will end up saving you money in the long run – use these people!

Delete It

This is where you need to be clear on your priorities. Is this task really important and beneficial to your life or business? Or is it just something that would be nice to do but really doesn’t promise any specific return on investment? If it ain’t going to deliver the goods – kill it, your time and money is better spent elsewhere.

How did I go with my list? I delegated, scheduled, delegated and deleted.

So, don’t waste any time. Tame that Too Hard Basket right now, make your list and decide whether to schedule it, delegate it, or delete it. It really is that easy.

You’ve got this!

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