YO! YO! YO! So this post has been a long time coming. I’ve talked in-depth about the efficiency of Google calendar-ing your life. There’s other way to do it.
I have news! REMINDERS- like the app, not a reminder like a bow tied around your finger- is the shit. There’s really nothing better to keep you on track in every aspect of your life. In fact, I really can’t live without it. Especially when it comes to my business. 1.) REMINDERS is absolutely insane when it comes to a quick easy note ( think of it like Post-It’s but virtual ). 2.) The app is color coded! Nothing better than having your life color coded. I feel like it’s almost an orgasmic situation to have everything pretty in pink, blue, yellow, & orange- you know? And 3.) What’s better than checking something off once it’s completed? I know there’s nothing I love more than putting a check mark next to a task.
The breakdown of my system is simple. That’s right, a system. I have a very specific way of making notes. These notes ensure I hit the goals or tasks to create the bigger overall picture.
Since this weird, little tip has helped me so much I figured I needed to share my system with you guys. Hopefully it helps for some of you- please let me know any suggestions or quick hacks you have when it comes to do lists.
The Skinny Confidential’s To-Do List Tips:
♡ Include a gratitude list within the list. The reason I do this is simple- my businesses are important & so is my to-do list but it’s also ideal to have a list of things I’m grateful for within the to-do list. Really, it checks my ass into reality if I’m stressed. My gratitude list gives me perspective & is a fabulous way to de-clutter the mind.
♡ If you own multiple businesses, make sure there’s a section for each business. Keep them colored differently. For instance, I have content creation for The Skinny Confidential & then I have a to-do list for blog-doo, that I co-founded with Erica from FashionLush ( we create beautiful branded blogs for bloggers ).
♡ Keep your top 7 your top 7. A very successful person once told me to take your top 7 priorities everyday & number them. Try to conquer all of them in the first part of the day. The first 3 are non-negotiable. I’ve been doing this forever & it’s helped A LOT. What I do is write down my priorities in the REMINDERS App every morning. Quick, easy, necessary!
♡ HUGE HUGE HUGE believer in putting the note in your REMINDER App the second I think of something. Sure, it’s highly annoying when you’re in the shower & think of 5 ideas ( the shower is such a perfect spot to plan shit out, no? ). BUT the second I exit the shower, I will immediately put the note in my phone. I used to e-mail a bunch of shit to myself & it was becoming overwhelming. To have it on a to-do list in a simple format makes life easier. So- point being, the second you think of the idea, write it down.
♡ VIDEO IS IN- if you’re an influencer, start brainstorming with a list of video ideas. I’ve found this is an ideal way to create content- a list rules. There’s something about it. Sure, it’s a tip but lists in one place have really helped my business growth.
♡ Lastly if you’re a business owner- also use SLACK. SLACK is perfect to share to-do lists with a team of people. I’ve been using SLACK for a while now & found that mixed with REMINDERS, you’re good to go. E-mail is great & all but I find that e-mails can be superrrrrr counter productive. E-mail will be the death of me if I let them. Plus I’d rather engage with TSC readers any day than 3409348234 bazillion e-mails. SLACK is for what to work on your business, not in your business & keep each subject organized. You can comment back & forth to each other. I highly recommend this app. If you’re working within a big organization that doesn’t have SLACK, bring the idea to your boss & he will love you forever. I can assure you after talking to a friend of mine who runs a few very successful businesses, you will never look back. He swears by it- I actually need to up my SLACK game.
♡ To take it further, if you’re looking to clean your inbox up YOU HAVE TO TRY UNROLL ME. First of all there’s so much I want to UNSUBSCRIBE from but I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings ( you know, like maybe a newsletter from someone who you don’t know too well but don’t want to offend by unsubscribing? ). Unroll Me is just great, guys. Basically it will unroll you from any e-mails of your choosing & then send you one, long efficient email once a day with everything you’re unrolled from. I like this because instead of 500 e-mails, I get one. If I can unsubscribe from something instead of unroll myself, I’m about that. When you unsubscribe, it will disappear from your e-mail inbox right away.
If you’re going to own a growing business I think it’s highly important to zone in on your note game. Like I said, this post has been a long time coming. The idea of a mobile to-do list is simple but necessary.
Do anyone have any other to-do list ideas?
Be sure to check out this post on creating a compelling future– this will help to kind of work backwards to build out the future you envision for yourself. Plus it’s a free, cute ( PINK! ) printable.
Also! As promised, another quick 5 minute giveaway- going to give away 5 of my favorite skin care products. As an influencer I find it super important to give away a bunch of the products I’m sent as a big-ass THANK YOU. So ya, if you want to win- tell me your favorite to-do list tip on my latest Instagram.
With that, I’m off- we are in the middle of the ocean in Greece so the WiFi is very spotty. Spotty WiFi gives me severe anxiety- like cold sweats & palpitations. HA, I kid ( kind of ). At least I have my notes app?
Hope you’re all having a relaxing weekend. Cheers!
See you tomorrow, lauryn x