Most days, my to-do list is too big.
And I know it’s too big, but I just can’t seem to help myself.
The problem with a too-big to-do list is that it can leave you feeling overwhelmed. It sounds silly when you say it out loud, but there’s a real tendency when you can’t do everything to just do nothing.
And that’s when the stress starts to pile up.
I use a lot of different methods to counter my oversized to-do lists.
One of my favorites is to pick the most important thing on the list (not the most urgent) and to do that first.
Often, I’ll fold piece of paper in half lengthwise (yes, I do an old school pen-and-paper to-do list).
I’ll write down everything I want to get done on one side.
And then I will pick the most important thing and write it on the other side. It gets a whole side to itself.
When I’m working, the one-item to-do list is face up, so it’s all I see.
Then once that item is done, I’ll either turn the paper over and tackle as much as I can or I’ll grab the next most important item, or maybe the most urgent, and move it over to the short list… and repeat.
By doing this, I remove some of that overwhelming feeling that comes with having an impossibly big list. I also make sure that no matter how I end my day, I can feel good about what I accomplished, because I finished the most important thing.
New on the Site
One of the secrets to making more sales and closing more projects is to listen more than you talk… and to ask good questions. When you ask the right kind of questions, you can zero in on what your prospects are really looking for and help them see you as the best solution. John Torre shares his thoughts on asking better questions in his latest post.
Last week, Andrew Murray showed you how you can use the Yoast plugin to help you optimize your content for Search Engine Optimization. In his latest post, he looks at other Yoast features you can use to help bring traffic to your site.
One of the most important moments in a sales conversation is the one just before you ask your prospect to buy. If you’ve worked to build your potential customers’ anticipation for that moment — helping them to know you and like you and to trust the benefit you’re offering, then you are much more likely to get a Yes. This post from Sally Morem shows you how to use wisdom from Robert Cialdini to prime your audience to buy.
Mark Your Calendar
September 10: Our next Member Update is officially on the schedule. During this live webinar, I’ll share some of my favorite ways for writing headlines and subject lines that stand out and that really connect with your readers. Plus, I’ll cover some of the best content added to Wealthy Web Writer in the past month, and give you a peek at things to come… including our upcoming Reality Blog Challenge. I hope you’ll join us!
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Want to write emails that get better results? You’ll find oodles of tips here, along with examples of each one in action. (Oodles… it’s a technical term.)
If you’re working on developing a marketing plan for your writing business (or you want to help your client figure out their plan), check out these examples for inspiration.
These ideas for using social media listening for nonprofits are something you can adapt for any business working with a shoestring budget.
How many of these marketing methods have you used for your freelance writing business?
That’s all for now. Make it a great week!