Let’s talk about what to work on FIRST.
Tell me if this sounds familiar..you finally manage to carve out time to work on your business. You sit down at your desk or kitchen table or on the couch with your laptop, look at your list of tasks to do, and feel completely overwhelmed. Where do you even start? Opt-in? Pinterest? Networking? Does it even matter?
Well, yes. What you work on first does matter. And that is why today we are talking about why you need to know what to work on first versus just diving headfirst into your list willy nilly.
As a mom entrepreneur, making the most of the time you work is essential to striking any sort of balance between running a successful business and maintaining a happy household. When you know what to work on first, or your “Impact Driven Tasks” as I like to call them, the energy you put into work will have a greater affect. In time, you may start to see that you can reduce or stop doing tasks that don’t make an impact. And less tasks means (ding, ding, ding) less time and energy spent working…and more time for your family and yourself.
If you can get in the habit of clearly defining what you NEED to do versus what you WANT to do first, you can start to feel this shift in your productivity and time management. Up until now, you might have just thought “as long as it gets done, does it really matter what I do first”? Or “I have to do it all so I might as well start with the stuff that I like to do”.
But you don’t have to live with those feelings of confusion and overwhelm. You don’t have to feel like by working you have to sacrifice time with your family. Or by spending time with your family you’re shirking responsibilities and putting your business at risk.
Benefits of Know What to Work on First
A regular practice of prioritizing your tasks means you get the truly urgent and important tasks out of the way. It means you may realize that there are tasks you don’t really need to spend time and energy on because they aren’t truly impact driven.
And when you focus on tasks that have a due date, have a consequence, impact your community growth, or will help you make money FIRST, you don’t have to worry if mom life happens. Or you want to take a few days off. Your impact driven tasks are done. Go take time off or care for your sick kid.
When you can leave your work at your desk because you know your priorities are met, you show up more present for your family…Whether it’s for pleasure or in case of emergency.
How to Determine What to Work on First
Are you ready to tackle what matters most on your to-do list? Let me my TRIM Your To-Do list method to make determining your priority tasks easier…
- Is it time sensitive? Is there a due date? If yes, it is a priority.
- Is it required? Do you need to complete this task as part of a larger task? Is there a task where you can’t proceed until this part is complete. If the task is require, it is a priority.
- Does it have an impact? Will there be a positive or negative consequence with this task…like if you don’t sign up for a conference it might sell out? Or if you don’t show up LIVE for you community like you’ve told them you would, they might stop showing up for you? If the task will have an impact, it is a priority.
- Is it money related? Will completing this task make you money? Will not completing this task cost you money? If yes, it is a priority.
Your action step for today to make sure you work on what matters first is to run your to-list through my TRIM You To-Do List questions…Is it time sensitive? Is it required? Will it have a impact? Is it money related? If you answer yes, your task is a priority. If you answer no to all the questions, best to focus your energy on another task first.
“Where your focus goes, energy flows.”Tony Robbins