300 Seconds: Recurring Tasks

This is the beginning of the third quarter, and it’s the third time I’ve suggested that you update the media list.

Are there other tasks in your store that should be completed in a frequent and timely manner? Perhaps you don’t realize your carpets need cleaning until you can see it. (And you’ll be the last to notice.) Or maybe the plumber recommended that you prime the not-so-frequently-used drinking fountain with water each month to keep it flowing without build-up. Or have you been wanting to systematically check sales in a specific genre to see how it’s trending?

Whether it’s physical maintenance or a mental task, take 5 minutes to make a list of recurring items you do not want to forget.

If you have time to add them to the task list in your email program, or smart phone, or to-do list (this is the one I use and love), you’ll be ahead of the game as soon as you set that recurring reminder.

If you don’t have time to set up the automatic reminders, just keep the physical list where you know you’ll find it. Then at the beginning of each month, set a mental alarm and glance at that list.

By moving tasks from brain to paper, you’ll free up a bit of that memory.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay