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3 Simple Ways to Manage Your To-do List

December 10, 2022

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I'm Aisha — private practice strategist for mental health therapists looking to ethically blend their clinical skills with entreprenuership without burnout. 

Meet Aisha

Keeping up with your day-to-day tasks can literally be a chore, but you don't have to bog yourself down with a long to-do list.

Here's 3 ways to prepare yourself to organize your biz and your life!

1. Add tasks to your Calendar – In my case, if it’s not written down, it probably won’t happen. As I get older, I’m learning to embrace spontaneity, but I’ve noticed that when it comes to building long-lasting habits, ad hoc and haphazard doesn’t really work for me.

 

2. Stop Multi-tasking – It’s beyond important to focus on one thing at a time. I know! I know! Our industry has socialized us to squeeze as much efficiency out of every second of every day but there’s a difference between mindfully spending your time and pushing yourself to the limit. When it comes to multi-tasking, the most I’ll do, is to:

 

  • pump low-fi beats in the background << this is a fan favorite during this year's semi-silent co-working sessions
  • listen to brown noise playlist through my headphones << the lower octave helps me enter into a flow state
  • listen to a podcast << speaking of podcasts, have you listened to the trailer for Beyond the Session yet?
  • light a wooden-wick candle << activating a calm environment with sound + scent helps to activate my motivation & creativity.

 

3. Set a Time limit – One technique that I learned in graduate school was the Pomodoro Method. Essentially, you set a timer for 20 minutes, take a mini break and then jump in for another 20 minute + mini-break until it makes sense for you to put the task to bed or until the task is complete.

This technique really helps me to break down large obligatory tasks because 20 minutes is enough time to get something done without feeling like I have to sacrifice my whole day to getting my literal and figurative “house in order”.

Which of these 3 methods are you currently using?

 


If you feel like your to-do list is out of control & you need help figuring out how to prioritize, so that you can finally do more with your valuable time, learn more about the only group coaching program for mental health therapists that teaches you how to streamline the administrative side of your business without falling a part.

 

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