As you know from my last blog post here, Miss O and I are two-week entrepreneurs. Technically, we are down to one week, so make that one-week entrepreneurs. To help us create products, launch our shop and reach our goal of becoming small business owners, we used a three part to-do list that was suggested by my new Zappos friend, Jennifer. Jennifer is the goals queen! Literally, it's what she does for a living - teaches others how to create goals groups, set goals, and accomplish them. How's that for an amazing niche? I think every business, school, and college needs her (probably every family, too).
Jennifer recommend a three part to-do list. She may have called it something differently when we were in Las Vegas, but I am calling it this very fancy name, The Three Part To-do List. Though, you can name each part whatever you'd like, Miss O and I went with....
To-do: This included all of the micro-steps to accomplishing our big goal of running a successful small business....
In Progress: Once a to-do item was in progress, we moved it to this portion of the three part list. There was something REALLY gratifying about seeing each micro-step in action and moving along the completion journey. And really, can my business partner's hair be any shinier or straighter? I foresee Pantene commercials in her future.
High Five: This last part of our three part list was full of celebrations. Miss O and I literally high fived each other each time a new sticky note made it to the end of the journey. Using sticky notes, by the way, was another Jennifer suggestion.
Now, as you can see below, we are in the final two sticky notes of our three part list. The only items left for us to do in the progress section is "create thank you cards" and "ship necklaces," which we will be doing for one more week before we close up for the summer (PS - we plan to re-open at some point in the fall).
I asked Miss O what she thought of the three part to-do list and she said she really liked it. Her favorite part was moving the stickies along the journey and realizing how much we needed to accomplish and how much we did. High five! What do you think of the three part to-do list?
See you at our Etsy shop, OJCreates. We close around June 7th, so go now! Big thanks to Jennifer for suggesting the three part to-do list. And good luck, Jennifer, on the release of your book, Goallaboration, this summer! Goallaboration!? What a fun word!
Off I go, dear friends - life is full as a small business owner, college professor, mom and blogger. Lest not forget I am writing a book, too!