Most people know they need to set priorities in business, but knowing it and doing it are different things. Additionally, balancing business and family times can be hard to manage. Understanding Time Management and how it impacts your ability to work, confidence levels, and business strategies is a key pillar in business management.
- Struggle to get everything done on time?
- Frequently forget to complete tasks?
- Get easily distracted?
- Find yourself apologizing over and over again?
- Need help setting things up in an efficient way?
Why are priorities one of the keys to business? The priorities can guide you to understand what you should be working on. If you have a good understanding of your priorities you will also have a good understanding of the tasks you can outsource when you are ready to take that step too.
Make sure you understand your business goals and strategies. These items will guide you on what is important for your business. For example: Are you more invested in Pinterest Strategies or Newsletters?
Unfortunately, many of us think we have to apologize for the priorities we have chosen in life. Determining that you didn’t get something done due to an emergency is going to happen, don’t feel guilty for it. Instead, find ways to manage those unpredictable items and making sure you have a good set of priorities to immediately then know what needs additional work will help you get back on track quickly.
Creating a Task List
Before you can determine what your priorities in business are, you need to know what your to do’s are. In other words what are all the tasks you need to get done? If you already have a full list, then you are golden and we will move onto the next section.
If you do not, then take a piece of paper and just brain dump everything onto it. This seems silly but it has a purpose. You need to know the “what’s” in order to understand the “when’s” of your massive list. Once you have your prioritization determined you can use other methods like the Rock, Pebbles, Sand method to figure out when you are going to work on different tasks.
Make sure you do not short change the task list when you are figuring out your priorities in business. Ensuring you know what’s urgent and what is important is key to staying organized and saving yourself time in the long run.
Give each item a Priority score of 1 to 4 using Importance and Urgency to guide you. Priority 1 tasks should be those things that are Urgent and Important to get done. Everything else gets adjusted from there. You can apply this prioritization scheme to everything you do in business. From Social Media, to Client contacts, to taxes, and everything in between priorities will determine what you work on and when.
Priorities in Business Conclusion
I’ve found that using Trello helps me keep things organized. I can create boards, lists, and cards to keep me organized and have a one-stop place for all my thoughts. It also makes managing lists on the go easy because I can use the app when things pop into my brain. This has honestly been the tool that has worked best for me out of all the planners, systems, and calendars I have tried in the past.
Figuring out what tasks are actually priorities will help you manage your time most effectively. This is harder than it sounds. That is why I’ve created a workbook to help you figure this all out. Let’s get your actual business and life priorities straightened out.
I hope this article has helped you decide you need to start setting priorities in business. To get more business and time savings tips, follow me on my Facebook Business Page.