“You can do anything, but not everything.” Wise words from David Allen, a productivity consultant. Recently I found myself with an unexpected day at home thanks to my sick kiddo. She’s a middle schooler now; so sick days are more Netflix snuggled up in her room with the cats than Barbie movies snuggled up on the couch with Mom. This day felt like the adult equivalent of a snow day. The possibilities were endless; so long as I stayed at home. What would I do?!

I really did need to catch up on a lot of things…work, housework, self-care, school stuff, board stuff. The list seemed endless; and I knew I needed direction. So I did what any smart boss babe would do…poured a cup of coffee and made a list of all the possibilities.

Do you make ‘to do’ lists? Me too. The reward of crossing something off the list when done is well worth the time spent writing the list. Plus, the list keeps me focused and saves me from forgetting too many things. Do you also ever feel like the list is impossibly long? Me too. My list had 31 possibilities on it that day. No way was I getting them all done in one day! But with them all written down I was able to see what needed to be done now, what could wait a bit longer and what could be delegated.

Do you delegate tasks? Me either. Here’s a great tip that I need to work on: To do list items can be delegated. Say what?! In fact, you are well on your way to a successful business if you have already figured out how to delegate. You know that you can do any task on your to do list, but you also know that you don’t have to do them all. Do you have kids that can help? If they are anything like mine, they are looking for ways to make some extra cash. Maybe they help with business tasks, or maybe they help with laundry. Or both! Can your business afford an assistant? If so, there are likely a whole bunch of items on that to do list that don’t need your personal touch. Maybe there is even a task, or two, on that list that needs an expert. Marketing? Bookkeeping? What can you delegate to free up some of your time for more important business building tasks?

Also, its ok to use some of that extra time to take care of you! We know that taking care of ourselves is the first thing to fall to the bottom of the to do list.

I’m happy to report that I crossed 11 possibilities off my list that day; a couple of things from each category of stuff that needed my attention. Not too shabby when I could have easily spent the day watching TV. What’s on your to do list? Pour yourself a cup of coffee and figure out what needs to be done now, what can wait and what can be delegated.