Listing – Not Only For Sailboats or Real Estate!

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You’ve set aside a day “to get things done,” but what things? You may be willing but without a plan of action your time is wasted. Need help to organize your thinking? You’ve come to the right place. I’ve got advice to pass on from an award-winning television producer, blogger and author. You may think you’ve heard it all before, but you’ll be surprised to find a new slant on this much discussed topic. I can honestly say I learned a few things.

The September, 2015 issue of Long Island Woman ran an interesting article, “One Secret Of Highly Successful People? List Making!” in which Carol Hoenig interviewed Paula Rizzo who attributes her many accomplishments to her list-making abilities. Ms. Rizzo kept her focus and won an Emmy, found the perfect Manhattan apartment and planned a destination wedding.

Let’s take a look at what we can learn from Ms. Rizzo. “It seems both men and women keep lists, but men do so more often. The not so surprising thing is MEN DELEGATE to get  everything done, whereas WOMEN TRY TO DO IT THEMSELVES.” Hear that, ladies?  Maybe that’s why the guys have time for golf?

Here’s a summary of the strategy: “List the larger points, break them down into actionable to-dos. This translates into making a list, then a checklist for each point. A checklist contains the specific steps necessary to get each item on the list done. Put it on your calendarSystematize. Prioritize. Create separate lists for each situation: bucket list, work list, home list.”

I visited Paula Rizzo’s website/ blog ListProducer.com. Here’s what she suggests:

*Write It Down- in any order                                                                                                    *Organize– categorize                                                                                                                *Prioritize- in order of importance                                                                                                   *Re-Write– cross reference from Organization and Priorities                                            *Repeat– add on, revise daily                                                                                                   *Delegate– you don’t have to do it all yourself

Like to learn more? Check out Paula Rizzo’s book, “Listful Thinking: Using Lists To Be More Productive, Highly successful and Less Stressed.” You can listen to her articles on Umano.

Now you’re willing, able and most importantly, ready. Here’s to your next productive day. Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: “Precocious Puberty – Bodies Developing Before Emotions”

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