As an entrepreneur, you probably have an enormous to-do list. Even when you get an assistant, the number of tasks you need to complete can be overwhelming. Since there are more things to get done than hours in the day, that means you need to prioritize what you are doing right?
Making money is your first priority
If income is your top priority, then I recommend creating your to-do list and prioritizing each item by what will make you the most money the fastest. It’s easy really.
First it helps to write everything down and then rank the things that absolutely need to be done today – because they will make you money or are focused on getting clients. These tasks are labeled “A”. Then items that will further your business and are nice to do are labeled “B”. Lastly, items that can be put off until next week can be labeled “C”.
Once everything is labeled with a letter, you can assign a priority within each grouping. So you’ll choose a task that is called “A1”, then “A2” etc. Do this for each task on the list including B1, B2, B3, C1 C2, C3, etc.
Finish one thing before you start another
Now this is sort of obvious, but the first thing you have to work on is your “A1” priority and you can’t work on anything else until it has been completed. This keeps you from getting sidetracked so you can stay focused on the money making ideas. The system comes from Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and it works really well.
Don’t get sidetracked by the small stuff
What used to happen to me was, I would look at my to-do list and feel overwhelmed. I would say to myself, “Okay, let me knockoff a couple of these little things that I can get done in like five or ten minutes and then I’ll get to the big stuff.” But I never actually get to the big stuff because I kept myself busy doing the little stuff.
Discipline is the key to completing your to-dos
So, you must be disciplined about doing your A1 and only A1 until you complete it and only then you can move on to A2 or 3. And you cannot touch any of the B priorities until all the A’s are finished. I still use this principle today.
Your Client Attraction Assignment
Create your to-do list every morning. Make sure you assign a letter to each task and then number them as well. Develop the discipline to focus completely on your “A1” priority and don’t get off track until it’s finished! You can give yourself a gold star on your list or some other type of reward for following through. Although when your priority involves making money fast, that’s a big reward right there isn’t it?