It is liberating to have your own business.
Gone are the 8-hour shifts you need to spend in the office. You have the leisure of managing your own time plus the freedom to do whatever you want. However, this flexibility can also backfire when you fall into the procrastination trap. You can avoid this by learning the art of prioritizing.
Setting your priorities gives you direction in terms of what you need to accomplish for the day. It allows you to take action and get things done.
So where do you begin?
Here are some prioritizing techniques you can start doing.
1. Create a checklist.
List down the things you need to do for the day. Include even the big things that you can’t readily accomplish. These will serve as reminders of your long-term plans (which you should also have). List the small things you can do daily to eventually reach those goals. There may be some specific recurring tasks you can schedule every Tuesday or every Thursday or last Friday of every month that you can add to you calendar. Knowing that you will get a task done on that day, relieves some of the “when will I do that?” and will give your business some routine – something we need for things to get done.
2. Challenge yourself.
As business owners you need to get out of your comfort zone and take risks. Take on certain challenges that you wouldn’t normally do like contacting a website to promote your business, emailing a person to collaborate, sending a pitch to a publication, or signing up for a class that will hone your skills further. The more you take these risks, the easier it will get, and confidence will build.
3. Come up with a focused work schedule.
This means allotting a specific time of the day where you will do nothing but work on your business. This may involve a couple of uninterrupted hours of brainstorming, studying sales reports, replying to emails, creating proposals, planning events, and other crucial tasks related to your business. Do this when you’re at best—may it be early in the morning or late in the evening as long as it’s the most productive time of the day for you. Setting a timer, on your phone or stove, to work on a task for 35-50 minutes and then taking a 10 minute break before moving to the next task has been a method that works well for me!
Regular, monthly, weekly or daily prioritizing will allow you to make strides in your business. It keeps you focused and driven. It’s about taking small steps daily that will lead you to success. After all, success begins at being intentional and ends at getting things done.
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