Have you ever gone to CVS and bought two things and walked out of the store with a foot-long receipt? It always makes me chuckle. You know what doesn’t make me chuckle? My never-ending to-do list. I regularly do not get through my task lists. Here’s what works for me:

  • Minimize distractions (this is quite challenging with two puppies at home!)
  • Do the worst first
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself when you screw up or procrastinate
  • Do the highest priority tasks first
  • Plan your day around your own natural cycles, do the hardest work when you have the most energy – for me that’s in the morning
  • Plan rewards and breaks for yourself throughout the day
  • Exercise, meditate or do yoga – whatever works for you. It’s important to take care of you.
  • Create and maintain a master list of your current goals, projects and tasks. Doing this will put your mind at ease and keep you organized but don’t get too carried away with lists – I know someone who has to make a list of her lists – that defeats the purpose!
  • I also recommend creating a must-do list and a like-to-do list. This can help with the feeling of being distracted, demotivated and constantly feeling like there’s more to do.
  • And the most important thing? Set boundaries. It’s important to just sometimes say enough is enough on a given day. Balance is key.
My distractions

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Stefanie Marrone helps law firms and legal servic providers effectively tell their stories and find their unique voices. She has worked at some of the most prominent law firms in the world, developing and executing global revenue generating, business development, internal and external…

Stefanie Marrone helps law firms and legal servic providers effectively tell their stories and find their unique voices. She has worked at some of the most prominent law firms in the world, developing and executing global revenue generating, business development, internal and external communications strategies, including media relations, branding, multi-channel content marketing and thought leadership campaigns. She has particular experience in helping B2B companies and their employees effectively utilize social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for business development, revenue generation and visibility.

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