I recently published a blog entry about managing your time and how important it is to get control of your time. In the comments we received, we found that not only do entrepreneurs struggle with time, but they struggle with priorities. Priorities may be the problem, but I view the issue as being one and the same. If you don’t know what you are working on and what is most important, you are going to have a hard time prioritizing. You are not going to know where to allocate your attention. Often, problems with time are a symptom of having too many priorities, trying to do too many things at once, and not knowing where to focus time and attention.
It is key that entrepreneurs prioritize and figure out what is most important. What is going to drive you forward? What is critical, time-wise? Once you know what is critical and what drives your business forward, then you can focus your time and energy there. If things that are a very low priority have not been finished at the end of the day, it is okay to go home. You can leave those on the back burner until they become a higher priority or they fall off your to-do list.
Sometimes, things are just not worth completing. We as business owners cannot do everything. We have to focus our attention and figure out where we are going to get the most impact for our time and money. It is okay to let some things fall off the list.
What has been your experience with prioritizing? Has it been something that you have worked on over the years? What are your strategies to prioritize the best projects? Join us in the comments below and let us know what your experience has been.
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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.