Imagine your day starts with the following
thoughts on your
mind: Jeanie, the new boarder, doesn't get along with
others and needs to change her thinking if she wants
to remain at the farm. Your busiest instructor was hurt
yesterday and won't be able to teach for a week. The
feed quality of your local mill has been slipping; moldy
feed has been a problem on and off for the past twelve
weeks. Your estimated income tax deposit is due in
two days. Your business marketing plan includes a
display ad in a local publication and the deadline for
the copy is tomorrow.
Sound like it could be a normal day in your life as a
You already know that in the horse business and all
other businesses, getting things done each day is
critical for business growth and success.
And you already know that organizing your daily
schedule to accomplish all of these tasks is a
Experience tells me that the methods of organizing the
tasks for the day vary greatly from:
- no written plan- rely on semi-reliable
- a scrap piece of paper
- a one page to do list
- a detailed computer program listing all tasks at
hand and charting the progress toward
All of the systems have advantages and
disadvantages, so what is the best method?
A one page to-do list completed daily.
If you are using one already, congratulations, pat
yourself on the back, stop reading this and
move on to tackle another item on the list
If you're a little foggy about the purpose of a to do list,
here are some tips:
- It should be created every day adding and
- The list may be hand written or printed on a single
in a daily planner or on an index card or on a folded
8-1/2" x 11" sheet of paper.
- Daily action items are for current
actions,not for reminders about planning future
The current actions have a sense of urgency like
concrete that has to be poured and leveled today.
- Items are broken down into the simplest
activity. Like: make phone call, complete report, lead
staff meeting. . . .
As you construct the daily to do list, ask yourself these
- Is this item the best use of my time?
- Is there someone I can delegate this task
- Do I really have to do this or what
will happen if I just toss it?
Your daily to do list is more than a reminder; it
also serves as a contract with yourself to get things
done every day.