How Do You Tackle A To-Do List?
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If you haven’t seen or heard, my wife and I are selling our first home. We have been thinking about this for some time and decided the time was right.
Our area is doing well with real estate and people are wanting to buy. There is also some light inventory, so it works out in our favor. Since we have to buy once we sell, I also want to make sure mortgage rates don’t creep up too much. I used to have a running list of things that I needed to do on my whiteboard, but those somehow got erased and replaced with other business related items. I have been busy before, but when you have a full time job, a child, a business, and you want to sell your house, it can be extremely overwhelming. Enter the to-do list, the basis of time management!
What’s On Your List?
I always have some sort of to-do list floating around. Whether it be written on actual paper the old school way, on a phone app, or on my computer, there is always something to be done. You all know what I am talking about. I have separate to-do lists because I need to keep some type of organization going on over here. I have my business list, my honey-do list, grocery list, and my work list. There are probably a few more, but I can’t think of them right now!
What I like about making lists is that they are easy to follow. If I didn’t have my grocery list every week, there would be a very large money drain going on. I have shopped before without a list and I can tell you, it isn’t pretty. Nothing good can happen without a list. You can go in for one thing and come out with ten. Been there and done that!
Controlling the Chaos
I have to admit that lately my listing ability has become a little haphazard. With the pending home listing coming up quickly, my t0-do list is growing more than I am accomplishing. There is nothing fun about taking an item off a list, just to have five more things added on. It feels like a never ending roller coaster ride that I desperately want to get off.
This past weekend I found myself working hard to get our home ready for a pre-listed showing. A realtor that we interviewed took the initiative to find us a prospective buyer. While it was awesome, we had to fit two weeks worth of work into one day. Talk about stressful.
As I was working on items around the house, I was finding that I couldn’t finish a task. I would start on one, then find another one that needed to be completed. No matter where I went in the house, I kept finding things to do. It was chaos; not organized chaos but hurricane chaos. I typically don’t handle projects like this, but I am just overwhelmed. There are too many things to do and not enough time to do them.
The biggest issue is that I consider myself somewhat of a perfectionist. I know that our house is in really great shape, but it is just how I do things. Selling a home is not an easy task, but making sure it is in tip-top shape before you list it can be incredibly important. You only get one chance to make a first impression and I am trying to make a lasting impression.
How I Typically Tackle a To-Do List
Alright, you now realize that I am not perfect 😉 I am, in fact, very much human. I get overwhelmed and a little out of control at times. It happens to the best of us! How I typically handle my to-do lists is by priority and time needed to complete. I first list all of my items that need to be done. Then I look back at them and list how much time each “should” take. This will give me the best idea of what project I need to work on. It also provides me with a list that I can look at to see if there is anything I can complete in my spare time. If I have 10 minutes to do some work, I am not going to start a job that will take an hour to complete. That is just asking for failure. I usually finish one job and then move onto the next. As you can see, this home listing project is not going the way I typically like, but that is life!
So, how do you tackle your to-do list? Do you have anything exciting on a list right now that you need to complete?
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