Do you constantly feel overwhelmed by your growing to-do list?

You’re not alone.

Many of us struggle with managing our tasks. This is true at work and in our personal lives.

But what if I told you there’s a simple method to help you take control of your time and boost your productivity?

In this newsletter, I’ll introduce you to the ODAE method. It’s a powerful strategy for sorting and handling your tasks. It reduces overwhelm and boosts efficiency.

By identifying which tasks you can outsource, delegate, automate, or eliminate, you can focus on what truly matters and maximize your time.

So, let’s dive in and discover how the ODAE method can transform your productivity and help you achieve your goals with less stress and more success.

Identify Your Tasks

Start by writing down everything you do professionally and personally over several days. The number of days doesn’t matter as much as capturing most of what you do does.

As you make your list, note how long each task takes and how it makes you feel.

Be honest with yourself and capture as much as possible. You won’t capture everything, and that’s okay.

Categorize Your Tasks

Once you have your list, set it aside for a day.

On the next day, gift yourself 60-90 minutes to categorize each task. Write one of the following letters next to each task.

Note: go through your list four times. Avoid the temptation to go through the list once and assign an O, D, A, or E. This makes a difference.

– Outsource (O): Tasks that can be outsourced to someone else

– Delegate (D): Tasks that can be delegated to others

– Automate (A): Tasks that can be automated using technology

– Eliminate (E): Tasks that can be eliminated entirely

Take Action

Now that you’ve categorized your tasks, it’s time to take action.

Outsource, delegate, and automate everything you can.

A note about tasks eliminating tasks: many people (maybe you!) are doing things that don’t need to be done. These tasks used to be done but no longer do. Just eliminating these tasks will free up so much of your time.

If you’re unsure how to do something, search for solutions online.

Go to Google and type, “How do I outsource <your task>?

Go to Google and type, “How do I delegate <your task>?

Go to Google and type, “How do I automate <your task>?

Do not Google, “How do I eliminate <your task>?” Just stop doing it!

Remember, the goal is to create more time and reduce overwhelm.

Be Mindful of Your New-Found Time

Once you’ve completed the ODAE exercise, you’ll have more time available.

Be careful not to fill it with useless activities. Focus on the tasks that truly need your attention and move the needle forward.

Question: What tasks will you outsource, delegate, automate, or eliminate this week? Reply and let me know! This is called accountability.

By implementing the ODAE method, you can take control of your time, reduce overwhelm, and boost your productivity.

Give yourself the gift of this exercise and experience the benefits for yourself.

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