148 | Tackling Your To-Do List: A Strategy Session With Amber Cortes

148 | Tackling Your To-Do List: A Strategy Session With Amber Cortes
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What You'll Discover In This Episode:

  • Why Your Task List Is Making You Freeze Up
  • Ways To Tweak Your Task List For Optimal Productivity
  • How To Utilize White Space For Increased Flexibility
  • The Importance Of Time Blocking, Deadlines, And Verbs
  • So Much More!

Throughout this crisis, a belief I have always had continues to resurface as I watch the news and speak with my clients, making it more and more apparent how true it really is.

That belief is that when we’re in the middle of a crisis, it makes it more obvious where there are cracks in our systems and processes.

What was always a problem before but possibly went undetected, is unwittingly placed under a magnifying glass during a crisis, amplifying its effects.

That’s true for supply chains, manufacturing, health, hygiene, relationships, and what we’re all here to find out about… business systems.

One thing you may have noticed over these past few weeks as your life has been turned upside down, is that you don’t have a solid system for organizing whatever needs to get done.

That’s typically what a task list is for but as you’ve been adding weird to-do’s such as Toilet Paper! and Check Mailbox to your list, you might have realized how discombobulated and hard to take action on your task list really is.

Perhaps it lacks organization and clarity. Perhaps it’s strewn across Post-It notes, notebooks, and your digital list. Perhaps it’s nine pages long with a bunch of confusing numbered lists and cross-offs throughout.

And that’s a big part of why many of your important business-related tasks keep rolling over from day to day.

A well-designed, manageable task list is essential to achieving wins in your business.

There’s enough craziness in this world to sabotage a good plan. You don’t need to add to that by working from an inoperative task list. 

Small tweaks to your task list can do wonders in helping you manage it and be more in control of your life.

In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I sit down with interior designer Amber Cortes for a one-on-one strategy session. We work through Amber’s challenges with not letting her life spin out of control when there’s a ton of to-do’s on her task list. We focus on creating a more manageable master task list that makes prioritizing a breeze, life less overwhelming, and the big picture not seem so scary.

About Guest:

Amber Cortes is a certified Interior Designer with Invision Design & Build in Santa Cruz, California. Invision is a family run business; her husband and father run the construction side, while Amber handles design, project management and marketing. Together they work with their clients to create beautiful and functional spaces, based on client need, vision, and budget.

Amber grew up on job sites learning various types of construction from her father, which has proven to be a great benefit! She attended the Art Institute in San Francisco and graduated with a BS in Interior Design in 2010. She worked at both residential and commercial design firms before starting Invision in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her husband and their 2 young girls.

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Amber De La Garza is The Productivity Specialist! Amber helps small business owners maximize profits, reduce stress, and make time for what matters most by improving their time management and elevating their productivity! Amber is a sought after coach, trainer, speaker, writer, host of the Small Business Straight Talk Podcast, and creator of Leverage Lab®.

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