To keep you moving forward with this year’s goals in mind, let’s talk about prioritizing. There are many ideas on how you can prioritize but remember the best way is whatever way is easiest for you. If you find that something isn’t working, instead of just letting it all go, change it around to fit you and your business needs.
I’m going to go over three ways in which you can prioritize your tasks. You want to be sure that each day you are working on something that moves your business forward. You don’t want to get caught up in a “busy cycle” or be stuck in a procrastination rut.
Here are three ways to prioritize your tasks.
1. Order of Importance
There will always be things that are more important than other. Get into the habit of writing out a to-do list for each day. Once you have everything written down, go back over the list and order them from most important to least important. By doing this, you will ensure that you are doing the most important thing first. Even if you find the task hard or it’s a task you really don’t want to do, do it first anyway. You always want to be sure that you are doing the most important thing first.
2. By Deadlines
You may think that of course if something had a deadline that you would do that first, yet many times if it’s something we don’t like or it’s overwhelming it gets pushed to the last minute. Don’t get caught in this trap. Don’t think you have plenty of time to get something done and have that time go by unnoticed.
Plan for any deadlines you have coming up. If you have 30 days to get something done then break up the task into smaller parts and have them on your to-do list each day. This way you are working on it a little at a time and you will ensure that it will be done in plenty of time. You will find that you are a lot less stressed when you have a large project done well before the deadline.
3. By Greatest Impact
You may have many tasks to choose from each day and the trick is to pick the task that has the greatest impact on your life or your business. You don’t want to waste a lot of time doing things that won’t give you a positive return for your time spent.
Surfing the Internet, reading, watching TV and chatting on the phone are huge time wasters. If you are serious about your business and you want it to be successful, then you must learn to get all time suckers under control. You are in charge of your time, so learn to use the time you have wisely. Ask yourself if what you are doing is moving your business forward or is it really only wasting your time?