5 Steps To Priority And Re-Prioritzing Your Business
Remember this ring. At one time in my life, it was the only priority in my life. I was willing to do just about anything. It wasn’t the one I wanted, but needed to make a concession (re-prioritize) and get the less expensive version.
The 16-year-old me may not have realized or appreciated the fact that I went through all 7 steps, but this 59-year-old most certainly does.
Step 1 is to create a master list of everything that needs to be done and classify them according to importance, urgency, how long it will take, and the reward associated with completion. That ring ticked every box. There may have been 2 other tasks that could have even made my list at 16. As an adult, my master list is quite extensive.
Step 2 After the master list is completed, I need to take a look at it overall and decide what I’m actually working towards. What is the Big Picture? Are the goals and tasks too big? Should I break them down into smaller tasks. If my master list is overwhelming, I run the risk of procrastinating and accomplishing nothing.
Step 3 Group each task into one of 4 categories:
- Important/Urgent. These tasks need to be done first.
- Important/Not Urgent. Schedule time in your planner to this these tasks.
- Not important/Urgent. Delegate/hire someone else to do these tasks.
- Not Important/Not Urgent. Just remove these from your master list.
Guess which category that ring fell into.
Step 4 Focus on one task at a time. Time management plays a role here. If you find yourself with too many Important/Urgent tasks, you will have revisit your time management skills, and re-prioritize what actually fits in that category. Get rid of things that serve you no long-term benefits. You can also delegate or hire out to complete.
Step 5 Review your master list on a regular basis.
Priorities can change over time and that’s OK. It’s why I found my high school ring, tarnished, and at the bottom of a jewelry box.
Mary is a business, wellness, and safety strategist who specializes in the pet industry. She has contributed to the professional pet industry as a consultant, speaker, writer, and progressive leader. If you are looking for your business to thrive instead of surviving, set up a free Am I A Good Fit For Your Business consultation, visit www.MaryOquendo.com.
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