Gaining Control of Your Priorities

When it comes to getting things done in your business, time management is not the issue. Priority management is. When we’re trying to grow our business and hit big goals, a lot of times you feel like there’s just not enough hours in the day, right? But the reality is…it’s not really a time management issue. It’s a priority management issue. 

Let’s be honest with each other. We prioritize things that we don’t really need to do but enjoy doing. And we don’t prioritize the tasks that we really need to do that are going to grow our business because sometimes they’re not things that we love to do. But you can gain control of your priorities by utilizing a very simple tool.

 

You have to learn how to practice priority management.

One of the things that I’ve been implementing for the past several months is a top 5 list. Every night I sit down and look at the next day. I write down the top 5 things I need to get done the next day. Anything else above and beyond that is a bonus. 

These things can be personally related or business/professional related. It’s completely up to you. You just have to prioritize them

 

What are the top priorities in your business? 

Don’t focus on anything else until your top 5 list is done. The top 5 list is usually comprised of the things that are going to move your business forward, or they’re things that you’ve been procrastinating on. It could be as simple as scheduling a doctor’s appointment or calling in a prescription refill. 

It doesn’t have to be hard things. On days that you have a lot of calls, pick small things. Be mindful of your schedule and how much time you have. 

 

Don’t over-commit. 

The reason why we feel like there’s never enough time is because we’ve over-committed ourselves. We’re trying to do things that are not reasonable. 

For example, there is no way I’m going to create a landing page for a new program or record 6 podcast episodes when I have calls every 30 minutes from 10-5. Could I get it done? Sure. But what happens if calls run late or if you have to go to the bathroom? What happens if you need to catch up on your emails or respond to a client? 

This is why you have to look at your schedule. I like to do it daily. Some people like to look at it from a weekly perspective, but that can be overwhelming. I like to take it day by day. 

 

What happens if one of my priorities doesn’t get completed?

It gets moved to the next day. There’s really nothing more that you should have as a priority than 5 things. We can’t focus if we have too many priorities. 

 

It’s a priority management problem if you’re prioritizing too many things. 

You have to start looking at:

  • What is going to move my business forward?
  • Is there something that people waiting for from me? 
  • What have I been procrastinating on? 

One of the things that I had to get done was the landing page for the Biz Plan Program. I’m promoting it and the landing page wasn’t done. That was a priority. It was the only thing on my top 5 list that day because I knew that was going to take me a while, and I needed to get it done. Once I got that done, anything above and beyond was a bonus.

I planned for it to take me quite a while, but it ended up not taking me that long. That was a bonus because I had time available. I had other things on my top 5 list, but that one was the priority.

 

It’s not a time management issue…it’s a priority management issue. 

It’s a fact that time management problem is: 

  1. You are booking yourself too solid
  2. You’re not being realistic about how much you can truly get done

We’re really going to dive deep into this in the Biz Plan Program this year. That’s why I made it a 12-month-long program. I want to be able to focus, and that’s where those smaller 60-day plans are going to come into play. 

You’re going to be able to look at your week, look at your top 5, and start to prioritize. Create a time management and priority management system that works for you. Then, every 60 days you can evaluate what worked and what didn’t. You can start to analyze this data. 

The Business Planning Program is all about facts because the facts are going to grow your business. The data tells you all the answers that you’re looking for. We just don’t like looking at data because it’s boring, and sometimes it’s a little too honest.

 

I want you to be honest with yourself about your priorities. 

Do you have a time management issue? Or do you have a priority management issue? Don’t overthink your top 5 list. It’s the smallest little piece of paper. Every day I grab a new sheet. I write it down. When I’m done, I get rid of it. You can even do this on a digital planner.

Every day, take five minutes, figure out what you need to do, make your top five list and get it done. You’ll be amazed at how much more productive you are and much further your business grows. It’s simple things that are really going to move your business forward. 

 

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