Welcome to Episode 5 of Make it Happen Monday!
Published every Monday, this is my new weekly video series helping you to blast through any barriers holding up your success in life and business and giving you weekly tips and inspiration to move forward to achieve your goals and dreams.
Do you ever find yourself wondering where the day went? (and then guiltily acknowledging you spent too long on the Facebook newsfeed!)
Do you find that sometimes you’re really busy and have loads to do, but don’t really seem to get much done?
Prioritizing the tasks that have the most impact on our businesses is tough. Especially when you’re a solopreneur and have to do everything yourself!
Watch today’s Episode and find out how building a routine around essential tasks will have a massive effect on your productivity and the results of your business moving forward.
Watch Episode 5 of Make it Happen Monday and Create a Routine Around Your Essential Tasks Today!
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How many times have you arrived at the end of the day, week, month or even year feeling like you’ve worked your socks off, but you have nothing to show for it?
You haven’t actually gotten very far. You haven’t achieved as much as you wanted to. You’re certainly not any closer to your goals.
You are not alone!
Most people struggle with the challenges of prioritizing their tasks, setting goals, and meeting deadlines.
Why do I struggle to achieve my goals?
There are 2 reasons:
1) You haven’t identified what the essential tasks are.
What are the most important things you should be doing in order to make the biggest difference in your business or life?
Think of this as the 80/20 rule. You should be spending 80% of your time on the 20% of tasks that make the biggest impact.
If you haven’t identified what the really essential tasks are, you are not prioritizing your goals properly.
2) The tasks don’t seem important enough
Perhaps you know what the essential tasks are for your business or life, but they just don’t seem that important.
There is always something else that seems to need more urgent attention.
For many people, prioritizing correctly can be a challenge. I’ll use myself as an example.
I procrastinated making these “Make It Happen Monday” videos for ages! There were a few reasons why I waited so long, but the biggest reason was that they didn’t seem important to my business at the time.
But when I sat down and reassessed my goals for 2016 and beyond, I realized I wanted to create a huge community of people who got a lot of value out of my content.
To be able to help those people, I knew I needed to make these videos a massive priority. So, these videos became an essential task for my business.
Today, they’re on my “Must Be Done” list, and nothing is allowed to get in the way.
How do I prioritize correctly?
Years ago, I was taught a concept. I would create a quadrant with important and unimportant tasks on the horizontal axis, and urgent and non-urgent tasks on the vertical axis.
This created four quadrants; “Urgent and Important,” “Urgent and Not Important,” “Not Urgent and Important,” and “Not Urgent and Not Important.”
Obviously, you need to spend time on “Urgent and Important”, that’s a given. And you should spend as little time as possible in “Not Urgent and Not Important”.
What’s interesting is how you allocate time for “Urgent and Not Important” and “Not Urgent and Important”.
Most people prioritize “Urgent and Not Important” over “Not Urgent and Important.”
If you find that you’re spending all of your time on the tasks in the “Urgent but Not Important” quadrant, you’ll never get any closer to your goals.
You need to spend 80% of your time working on tasks that are “Important but Not Urgent.”
Your challenge for this week, should you choose to accept it, is…..
1) Identify what the essential tasks are that will move you closer to your goals.
Of course, you can’t do that unless you know what your goals are, so if you’re unclear on your goals, start there.
2) Next, you need to establish a routine around those essential goals.
Create a default diary. In that diary, you will have your daily goals and the understanding that, if nothing were to get in the way, you would accomplish those tasks on a daily basis.
You’d have something you planned to do every day from 8-10 a.m. and different goals between 12-2, or however you structure your day.
All of your essential tasks need to be in that diary.
Now, I’m not saying things won’t come up and get in the way. They will! That’s life. But if you have a default plan to fall back on, you won’t waste your time when the little things come up and get in the way.
We waste so much time when we have to decide what to do next once that interruption has gone away. We waste hours, even days trying to find our path again. Your diary will provide you with a set plan that you can always refer back to.
What else can I do?
I’d love to help you further, so please comment below. Let me and your other fellow entrepreneurs know what tasks you’re prioritizing in your business. If you’re feeling stuck, then also let me know, I’d love to help!
Have an amazing week, live life on purpose and make it happen!