Tips to Help Prioritize Your Day
As mompreneurs, our days are filled with tasks, activities and personal and professional responsibilities. And not only do we have a large quantity of tasks to prioritize, we often get interrupted by distractions or unexpected situations. No wonder it is hard to stay focused throughout the day. With these simple tips, getting your high priority tasks completed can be a breeze … interruptions included.
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To Prioritize Your Day, Focus on Strategies That Grow Your Business
When running a business, it is important to focus on the tasks that can actually meet specific financial metrics that support the growth of your business. For instance, if you have to get taxes completed in order to understand what expenses will be used to pay these taxes, then this activity will take priority during tax time.
If you can afford to hire a tax accountant, do. It’s clear that your time is better spent closing new business, then focusing on closing those business deals may be a better use of your time. So, think of the most important tasks to help you prioritize your day. Then move high priority tasks to the top of your list and plan enough time to complete these tasks.
Use your Calendar to Manage your Time
Managing tasks in a calendar not only helps you prioritize your day and manage your time, but also helps identify the priority tasks and move other tasks out to a later date. Calendaring events and tasks can also help you identify the amount of time it takes you to perform the task. Understanding the time it takes to perform specific tasks, will help you manage the details when this task presents itself in the future.
Remember Time Zones
If you live in a time zone like the West Coast and yet most of your business is on the East Coast, understand that you need to get connected to your East Coast clients before 1 – 2pm Pacific. So save the paper work for later in the day and focus on your clients in the morning. Scheduling these types of activities and tasks will also help manage your day and prioritize your tasks and schedules. If time zones have no impact on your business, learn your client’s habits. Clients may want to engage early in the day, after lunch or actually share lunch because they feel more comfortable conducting business over a meal.
That’s right, saying no to invites and even what may be perceived as a great opportunity may have a better impact on your business in the long run. If you need to close a big deal and it requires a lot of time, but this great speaking opportunity occurs and you need the same amount of time to prepare for the presentation, you may have to choose one or the other. Remember, each activity has its value but identifying the immediate value can make or break your business.
Use these tips to manage your time in order to grow a successful and thriving business and to have a day with a bit more focus!
Please share your thoughts and comments
As a mompreneur, which of these tips will you put into action this week to prioritize your tasks? Which have you tried and found to be successful? Please let us know in the comments below!
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Elizabeth Dodson, co-founder of HomeZada, a cloud-based home organizational software. HomeZada strives to educate and provide resources for homeowners in all areas of home management, including home improvement projects, maintenance, inventory, property information and property value. Check out HomeZada for more helpful tips! To learn more about HomeZada, visit the website and connect on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+!