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-Sarah’s Task-Management Strategy Pt. I-

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm

 

A blank slate...

A blank slate...

Tuesday, I got a dry erase board with the aim of using it for Baton Rouge Bootcamp.  You know, to list exercises and/or diagram how a certain workout would be set up.

 

Then it occurred to me…

I should use the dry erase board to increase my productivity and streamline my task-tackling strategy!

I am a fan of “to do” lists.  I keep them in my day planner, on various sheets of paper, and on the notepad app on my iPhone.

 

 

The beginnings of just writing out all my categories...

The beginnings of just writing out all my categories...

Lists.  They are great IF you refer back to them and check the tasks off as you complete them.  Unfortunately, this seemingly simple process just doesn’t cut the mustard for me.  What do I have to do?  What I usually do.  In true Sarah fashion, I make things more complicated…thus process of systematizing the “to do” list becomes yet another task!

 

BUT…

once it’s all worked out, I will be able to plug in each day or week’s tasks and goals.

So, right now i’m in the “what will work best?” stage.

Earlier today, I ran to Office Depot (which I adore, lol) and bought dry erase markers…a pack of 18 different colors.

I came home & only had a half hour before I left for a networking lunch.  I just started listing all the different categories for my work-related tasks.  

 

Of course, the more I thought about it, each category can have numerous sub-categories, but haven’t gotten that far yet!

 

This is where i'm at now...

This is where i' m at now...

As I was about to leave for the meeting, I thought of a few more categories…as well as the fact that it would be really cool to have THREE dry erase boards…one for “me” stuff, one for “work” stuff, and one for “fun” stuff!  Theoretically, I could hang the three boards on a wall, with the “me” board first.  Why?  Because the most important tasks and goals have to do with ME…NOT work, and NOT play.   You see, if you take care of yourself, and not just in the physical sense, the rest is “like butta’!”

 

The next step will be defining which categories are most important, and putting them in order.  Then i’ll figure out the sub-categories for each (if need be), and then create “boxes” on the board (using a different color for each category).  Within these boxes, i’ll write daily/weekly/monthly tasks, and check them off as I complete them.

Neurotic?

Somewhat.

Waste of time?

Hell no.

Right now this may seem like a big project, but I truly believe it’s gonna help me be more productive and successful! :)

One of my clients got tickled at all of this and said something like “gosh, Sarah…you’re completely different from me!”  My response was that my mom’s an artist! lol  I owe my right-brained thinking to her!

I also want to comment on the fact that personal training is a business.  Yes, you can be passionate about it and have a great heart, but you gotta make money.   All the passion and caring about people ain’t gonna get you anywhere if you don’t work on your business.  I had to learn this the hard way, through lots and lots of lessons…thanks to lots and lots of mistakes.  I continued to put myself in this little box that defined me as a Personal Trainer and that’s it.  I put limits on myself and my abilities, and by doing so, I put limits on my success.  I also held on to a lot of old “beliefs” about myself which weren’t positive.  By doing this, I held myself back.  

My attitude is COMPLETELY different than it was even a year ago.  Craziness!  Things just keep getting better and better, and now it’s like anything is possible.  I started putting myself out there (via this blog) and meeting people (fitness fanatics as well as other fitness pro’s), and it’s just snowballed from there.  I had always said I wanted to write a book, and I always had the problem of starting with an idea and never following through.  Know what?  I decided to write MTM 1.0 to be part of Rick Karboviak’s “The Big One ” virtual race “prize package,” and by making this offer, I was forced to follow through with it.  Now, the fact that I emailed out well over 100 copies of it for FREE…we won’t go into that, because I realize now (especially after talking with my business partner, who laughed at me when I told him) that wasn’t the smartest move, business-wise.  Oh well!  

Hey, if you want to click here and order the book, by all means be my guest!  Heck, if you received it for free and feel I deserve something for my generosity, buy a copy!  Consider it a donation to the “yes, Sarah has a life” fund!  I’m going to Vegas on the 23rd and plan on doing some shopping in addition to seeing Zumanity (and going out, of course)! 

Did that work?  Do you feel guilty enough now?

Just kidding…about the guilt part… you really can buy a copy …that would rock!

Okay, more soon…gotta finish writing up tonite’s torture for Baton Rouge Bootcamp!

Yours in Health,

Sarah

PS – What do you do to stay organized?  Do you have a strategy of your own?  Are you interested in learning more about mine as I go along?  Leave your comments! :)

Filed under: Personal Trainers' Issues, Sarah Says | Tagged: business, dry erase board, goals, limiting beliefs, organization, Personal Trainers' Issues, personal training, personal training business, positive attitude, prioritizing, tasks, time management, work | 8 Comments »

 

A blank slate...

A blank slate...

Tuesday, I got a dry erase board with the aim of using it for Baton Rouge Bootcamp.  You know, to list exercises and/or diagram how a certain workout would be set up.

 

Then it occurred to me…

I should use the dry erase board to increase my productivity and streamline my task-tackling strategy!

I am a fan of “to do” lists.  I keep them in my day planner, on various sheets of paper, and on the notepad app on my iPhone.

 

 

The beginnings of just writing out all my categories...

The beginnings of just writing out all my categories...

Lists.  They are great IF you refer back to them and check the tasks off as you complete them.  Unfortunately, this seemingly simple process just doesn’t cut the mustard for me.  What do I have to do?  What I usually do.  In true Sarah fashion, I make things more complicated…thus process of systematizing the “to do” list becomes yet another task!

 

BUT…

once it’s all worked out, I will be able to plug in each day or week’s tasks and goals.

So, right now i’m in the “what will work best?” stage.

Earlier today, I ran to Office Depot (which I adore, lol) and bought dry erase markers…a pack of 18 different colors.

I came home & only had a half hour before I left for a networking lunch.  I just started listing all the different categories for my work-related tasks.  

 

Of course, the more I thought about it, each category can have numerous sub-categories, but haven’t gotten that far yet!

 

This is where i'm at now...

This is where i' m at now...

As I was about to leave for the meeting, I thought of a few more categories…as well as the fact that it would be really cool to have THREE dry erase boards…one for “me” stuff, one for “work” stuff, and one for “fun” stuff!  Theoretically, I could hang the three boards on a wall, with the “me” board first.  Why?  Because the most important tasks and goals have to do with ME…NOT work, and NOT play.   You see, if you take care of yourself, and not just in the physical sense, the rest is “like butta’!”

 

The next step will be defining which categories are most important, and putting them in order.  Then i’ll figure out the sub-categories for each (if need be), and then create “boxes” on the board (using a different color for each category).  Within these boxes, i’ll write daily/weekly/monthly tasks, and check them off as I complete them.

Neurotic?

Somewhat.

Waste of time?

Hell no.

Right now this may seem like a big project, but I truly believe it’s gonna help me be more productive and successful! :)

One of my clients got tickled at all of this and said something like “gosh, Sarah…you’re completely different from me!”  My response was that my mom’s an artist! lol  I owe my right-brained thinking to her!

I also want to comment on the fact that personal training is a business.  Yes, you can be passionate about it and have a great heart, but you gotta make money.   All the passion and caring about people ain’t gonna get you anywhere if you don’t work on your business.  I had to learn this the hard way, through lots and lots of lessons…thanks to lots and lots of mistakes.  I continued to put myself in this little box that defined me as a Personal Trainer and that’s it.  I put limits on myself and my abilities, and by doing so, I put limits on my success.  I also held on to a lot of old “beliefs” about myself which weren’t positive.  By doing this, I held myself back.  

My attitude is COMPLETELY different than it was even a year ago.  Craziness!  Things just keep getting better and better, and now it’s like anything is possible.  I started putting myself out there (via this blog) and meeting people (fitness fanatics as well as other fitness pro’s), and it’s just snowballed from there.  I had always said I wanted to write a book, and I always had the problem of starting with an idea and never following through.  Know what?  I decided to write MTM 1.0 to be part of Rick Karboviak’s “The Big One ” virtual race “prize package,” and by making this offer, I was forced to follow through with it.  Now, the fact that I emailed out well over 100 copies of it for FREE…we won’t go into that, because I realize now (especially after talking with my business partner, who laughed at me when I told him) that wasn’t the smartest move, business-wise.  Oh well!  

Hey, if you want to click here and order the book, by all means be my guest!  Heck, if you received it for free and feel I deserve something for my generosity, buy a copy!  Consider it a donation to the “yes, Sarah has a life” fund!  I’m going to Vegas on the 23rd and plan on doing some shopping in addition to seeing Zumanity (and going out, of course)! 

Did that work?  Do you feel guilty enough now?

Just kidding…about the guilt part… you really can buy a copy …that would rock!

Okay, more soon…gotta finish writing up tonite’s torture for Baton Rouge Bootcamp!

Yours in Health,

Sarah

PS – What do you do to stay organized?  Do you have a strategy of your own?  Are you interested in learning more about mine as I go along?  Leave your comments! :)

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