300 Seconds: To Do… Later

Now that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday are just about under our collective belts, it’s time to get to that to-do list.

Kidding, of course.

I know that these next 24 days are about playing match-maker, hand-seller, book-finder, gift-wrapper, and all-around people pleaser. Items and ideas that would normally make it on your to-do list during the other 11 months of the year are quickly discarded in December.

Just because you don’t have time to tackle new projects now doesn’t necessarily mean the ideas should be forgotten. Instead, take 300 to designate a notebook, Google Doc, or space on your TeuxDeux list for ideas you want to explore… just not right now.

You can take the Franklin Covey/Day-Timer/Day Runner approach and categorize tasks as A) those that should be completed today, B) those that should be completed when you have a lull in foot traffic, or C) those that should be considered after the holidays.

The idea is to write down the thought now so you can forget about it. Then in January when you’re making your owns resolutions and plans for the store, you have a cache of ideas waiting for you instead of a blank calendar.

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