Day Not Going According to Plan? How to React When Life Laughs at Your To-Do List

I’ve seen it happen time and time again. At the beginning of the week, I’ll create a nice list of what I want to get done each day. I make sure that I am aware of all appointments and goals for the week. I’ll be minding my own business when all of a sudden things that I didn’t put on the to-do list happen. The kids get sick. My husband gets sick. The toilet overflows. The computer mysteriously dies. A monthly retainer client cancels their account right at the time it is supposed to renew. Now as the entrepreneur what do I do in this situation? Well after I settle things down, I have to make adjustments. This article will give you tips on how to react when your life doesn’t follow your to do list.

Calm down! It’s not the end of the world. So you won’t get to contact 50 prospects today. Pat yourself on the back for the ones you did contact and move on. Tomorrow’s another day. Don’t get yourself all stressed out because your to do list didn’t get done exactly the way you planned it.

Make adjustments. If you see that you’re consistently not hitting the targets you have set for yourself, maybe you are setting unrealistic goals. It is okay to readjust your goals to a more reasonable level.

Communicate with your clients. If you’ve picked your clients wisely, they understand that your family is important. If you explain your situation and keep them updated with your status, most clients will be understanding. However, don’t let missing deadlines become a habit. People will only put up with that for so long.

It is important to have a plan for your business. Otherwise you would just be moving from thing to thing without any sense of direction. You’d be saying “I’m lost but I’m making good time.” In other words, you’ll be going nowhere fast. I would encourage you to leave some “Murphy’s Law” time in your schedule. This means not scheduling things back to back. Allow a break of like 30 minutes between each task. I know this sounds like a lot of downtime. It’s really not. It’s very helpful to have a time cushion in your schedule. This way when things do happen that you didn’t plan for, you have some leeway in your schedule to accommodate your family. After all, you did not start your own business so you could ignore your family, did you? I didn’t think so. Just be patient and remember that you’ve handled worse things before and you can handle this thing too!