So far we’ve talked about working efficiently and getting a lot done in a short amount of time. Now let’s take a look at what exactly you should be working on.
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Being able to prioritize the most important stuff that will have the biggest impact on your bottom line is another important skill… and I have some hacks to help you figure that out.
Get The Big Picture – Map It Out
Figuring out what you should be working on can be a hard thing to do. You’re in the middle of your business and busy working on whatever needs doing. As long as you’re focusing on the nitty-gritty, it’s hard to get the big picture.
Take a few minutes every once in a while and step back. I find it helps to map things out.
I get a notepad, but you could also use a big sheet of construction paper or even a white wall. Map out each part of your business and each sales process.
By getting it all out on paper you get a new perspective of how things are working and what you should be focusing on. If you’re not a visual learner, try explaining how your business works to someone else.
Hiring a business coach or joining a mastermind group is another good strategy. Sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to point out what you should be focusing on next.
Yes, hiring a coach is an added expense but if it helps you take your business to the next level and make it more profitable, it’s money well spent.
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Tweak The To Do List
Once you know what you should be working on next and where you should be spending most of your time, energy, and money, it’s time to revisit the to-do list.
Make sure you set aside a big chunk of time each day to work on the things you need to do to grow your business and make it more profitable.
Use what you’ve already learned about making your to-do list. Break those new projects down and work your way through them from idea to profit.
When you first start to take a look at the big picture of your business, you may get all sorts of great ideas for things you can do to improve/tweak and grow. All sorts of projects big and small will pop up. You may be tempted to tackle them all at once – please don’t!
Instead, pick one project or idea.
I like for it to be something I can implement relatively quickly. It also helps to make it something where you’ll see a financial return right away.
Pick a project, break it down into to-do list items, and see it through start to finish before moving on to the next improvement.
You’ll see results much faster this way than starting 5 different projects and working a little here and there on them.
Work On Your Top 3 Tasks First
Here’s another great productivity hack. As you’re making out your to-do list for the day, write down your top 3 tasks for the day first. These are the things that need to get done and have the biggest impact on your bottom line.
Sending out an email to your customers about your latest product would be a great example of something that should be at the top of your list.
Think of it this way. What three things do you need to get done so if something happens and you can’t get anything else done you’d still make progress and feel productive?
Hint – these should probably be money-making tasks.
Save The Easy Stuff For Downtime
We all have things that need doing each day, but (a) aren’t very hard to do and (b) don’t really do much for your bottom line.
Social stuff comes to mind or approving comments on your blog. Or maybe it’s hanging out on a couple of forums to connect with potential customers. We all have things like that we do every day.
They help us grow our reach over time but don’t have quite the same impact as writing an epic blog post or emailing our lists.
We need to do these tasks, but they aren’t things that take a lot of concentration. Save those tasks for later in the day, or whenever you have just a few minutes here and there between meetings to work on.
See how much of this type of work you can do from your smartphone. Then find those little pockets of time throughout your day.
Go to Pinterest while you’re drinking coffee in the morning and interact on Facebook while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store or the pickup line at school.
It’s amazing how much you can get done in those little pockets of downtime. I hope you can implement some of these tips and watch your productivity go through the roof!
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