Making Your Task List Efficient and Helpful

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Your task list can feel like a ball and chain around your ankle or it can help you to get more accomplished than you ever dreamed possible. Here’s how you can make yours more efficient.

Homecare Mt. Gilead OH - Making Your Task List Efficient and Helpful

Homecare Mt. Gilead OH – Making Your Task List Efficient and Helpful

Share Your List with Others

If you’ve got other people offering to help, take them up on that. Share your task list, either electronically or otherwise, with friends and family members and homecare providers. This allows them to see what there is to do and how they can best help you to do what needs to be done. You might find that this is easiest with an electronic calendar that includes a task list option.

Give Yourself Room for Notes

Wherever you keep your master task list, make sure that you also have room for notes. With an electronic task list, you can usually attach notes which makes them much easier to update. If you’re sharing your task list, you can also password protect the notes if you need to keep that information private. With a paper task list, make sure that you leave space to the side of the list for any notes you might need to make.

Delegate with Due Dates

When you do delegate a task, include a deadline with the assignment. This gives you a date and a time when you should expect that task to be completed and if you’re near that point, you can ask for an update. If you’ve already got a deadline for that task, don’t forget to give the person you assign the task to a shorter deadline than your own. That gives you a little more time.

Prune Your List Regularly

Your master task list is likely to grow by leaps and bounds. There never seems to be any shortage of things that need to get done if you’re a caregiver. But if you go through and prune your list regularly, you can keep a better handle on what really needs to be done and what has been handled already. You might even find that some tasks either took care of themselves or no longer need completing.

Make Your List Portable

The more portable your list is, the better. When you can take it with you wherever you go you have the opportunity to check it, to add to it, and to update it wherever you are. This is another way that an electronic task list can be incredibly helpful for you, because you can usually access it via your smartphone. Even a task list kept in your paper planner can be portable, too.

The whole point of your task list is to help you make sure you don’t forget anything that needs to get handled. It doesn’t have to rule your life, though, so don’t let it.

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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.