Welcome back to our GaijinWorks International Business Coaching series on clarity! If this is your first time here, I’m Karen Trepte, Intuitive Business Coach, mother and online entrepreneur. I’m here to teach you how to infuse more joy into your business. If you haven’t already, catch up with our last few articles if you can. They taught you how to find clarity through visualization , verbalization and meditation . Today we are going to discuss finding clarity using one of my favorite project management tools on the market—one I already introduced you to on this very blog—and that’s ToDoist.
I absolutely ADORE using ToDoist. And no, they did not pay me to say that! You’ve probably heard me say before that I am on an upwards learning curve when it comes to technology, but ToDoist is one of those business and personal tools that I think is really transparent. When I am using ToDoist, I don’t have to watch video tutorials to learn how to do anything. I don’t have to call technical support with questions. I don’t have to search Google for help. It’s just very intuitive, which makes all the difference to me.
Since I first started using ToDoist two months ago, I have expanded my knowledge of the tool greatly. Now I’m using it not only for time management but also for clarity in my business. And that’s what I want to show you how to do today.
These ideas can cause us to become stuck in a rut, unsure which way to turn.Every nook and cranny looks like it could be one to explore, but there are so many choices we end up distracted and doing nothing at all.
I recommend using ToDoist to help you with unloading your ideas in what I like to refer to as business brain dumps.
The ToDoist app is brilliant with this because you can set up multiple categories to keep track of all of your ideas in a logical way. Take for example, advertising for your business. You can create a category using ToDoist and then fill it with all of the ways you plan to market your company: Facebook ads, in-person networking, discovery phone calls, etc. By putting these thoughts into one singular place—in this case an app—you’re clearing up all sorts of mental space, and you’re ensuring that you never forget one of your light bulb moments too—because they’re saved for you in digital format.
I love capturing ideas for my own business using ToDoist; that’s actually how I came up with this clarity series!! I was meditating in a warm patch of sun in my living room, and these ideas for my business just began to flood my head. Since I always honor my intuitive side, I reached for my phone, opened the ToDoist application, and just kept hitting “Plus, plus, plus, plus” as I typed in all of my fresh topic ideas. I can’t tell you how delighted I was to not only receive this flash of business enlightenment but also to give myself a place to keep track of it! I didn’t have to struggle. I didn’t have to remember what it was I was supposed to be thinking about it. It just flowed in one glorious mental download. I got the entire series in maybe ten or fifteen minutes, and what’s better, I wasn’t going to lose any of it because it was all there typed up in front of me in ToDoist.
Consider this: you always have your iPhone in your pocket or purse, don’t you? Why not take advantage of that and allow it to assist you in decluttering your mental space? I never know when my brain is going to shout at me: “We’re out of milk. I need to call that woman back. Oh, I have to go to the post office this afternoon.” Instead of letting those thoughts live upstairs in my brain, I simply put them down in my ToDoist app and snap back to using my brain for something that’s productive instead.
The more clarity we have, the better lifestyle we can have too. Are there benefits to having your own business? Absolutely. There’s freedom and independence and being of service to your audience and the beauty of doing something that’s heart-centered and driven by passion. But there can also be stress and overwhelm and paralysis that build up and beg you for a solution. Using ToDoist can BE that solution for you. I know it was for me.