Coach Andrea’s Intro
During the hustle of December, I can lose sight of my priorities as my to do list grows and grows. Taking a few extra minutes to reset priorities makes a huge difference. This week’s Tip shares 5 ideas on how to keep your priorities front of mind and get them done.
It’s that time of year when you take note of how you did on your goals and determine what’s most important for the upcoming year. See the Ideas and Information section for a process to capture your accomplishments and set your goals.
One of my priorities is to enjoy my family during this holiday season, so this will be the last Coaching Tip of the Week for 2011. Look for your next Tip on January 6th, 2012. I wish you all the love and happiness this season can bring and may the New Year find you healthy, happy, prosperous and full of joy.
Quote of the Week
“Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.”
~ Robert J. McKain
What Are Your Priorities for Your Business?
By Andrea Novakowski
Molly wanted to take her business to the next level, but she knew she couldn’t reach her sales goals with her present staff. It was time to build her sales force.
So she invested time in hiring and training a promising new salesperson. Then, at the last minute, he received a better offer from a competitor. Molly was back to square one.
If you’re trying to grow your business, like Molly, you’re probably all too familiar with her time crunch problem. Her plate was overflowing. She was desperate for a way to accomplish everything she needed to do. So she came to me for coaching.
The first thing I asked her was, “What’s your number-one priority?”
“To find a salesperson, of course!” she replied.
“How many hours a day are you spending on that effort?”
Molly’s eyes grew wide, and she burst out laughing. She hadn’t set aside daily time to work on her number-one priority!
Think about your everyday life for a moment. Many of us wish for more hours in the day, whether to exercise, read, pursue a hobby, or spend time with our families. Have you ever noticed that if something is truly important to you, it has a way of getting done? You cancel non-essential appointments. Get up a bit earlier. Forgo your favorite TV shows.
Your business operates no differently than your everyday life. The trick is to recognize your priorities. If you know what’s essential to the future of your business and what’s not, you can plan your day to make sure the important things get done. Here are some ways to do just that.
- Take a hard look at each item on your schedule. Do you really have to do it yourself – or can you delegate the task? Or even dump it?
- Not sure which responsibility to tackle first? Create a checklist to decide if a given action will bring you closer to your goals. Sample questions to ask: Does this move my business forward in a positive way? Does it have a big enough impact? Can I afford it? Can I accomplish it in the next three months?
- Long-range business goals – like hiring new staff or updating a web site – often get pushed aside by daily emergencies. The only way to prevent this is to set aside time each day to work on that long-term project. Build it into your schedule. It won’t get done all at once, but if you devote a small block of time to it every day, soon you’ll see progress.
- Work on your priorities when your brain is fresh. If you’re a morning person, schedule this work at the beginning of the day. If your peak energy occurs from 10 to 2, use that window. By heeding your natural energy rhythms, you’ll get more done in less time.
- Maximize your efficiency by grouping similar jobs together. Instead of answering each email as it comes up, or avoiding email until it becomes unmanageable, set aside a half hour each morning and/or afternoon to deal with email. Likewise, schedule a regular time to make and return phone calls. Otherwise, an unscheduled phone call can easily eat up half your morning!
Coaching Call To Action
First and foremost, enjoy this blessed holiday season with family, friends, and loved ones. Second, set your priorities for the rest of the year. Third, look back at 2011 – did you enjoy the journey and reach your goals? Last, plan for 2012 using the information below.
I’d love to hear from you about what you discover as you take time to reflect and plan. Please take a minute to share your thoughts on Facebook.
Ideas and Information
It’s time to get started on your master plan for 2012. Give yourself some quiet time, put on some relaxing music . . . and begin. First, acknowledge all that you have accomplished in 2011. Next, write down your goals for 2012. Open your mind to ALL the possibilities. Start each goal with “I am” or I will”. Don’t even THINK about restricting yourself. This process may take two hours. It may take two weeks. Remember, you’re building what you want in your life. To help you with this process, here are some key questions to ask yourself:
- What do I want to do?
- What do I want to have?
- Where do I want to go?
- What contribution do I want to make?
- What do I want to learn?
- Who do I want to meet and spend my time with?
- How much do I want to earn, save, and invest?
- What will I do for fun and optimum health?
To receive a form to capture your accomplishments for 2011 and your goals for 2012, send me an e-mail at Andrea@CoachAndrea.com with “Accomplishments and Goals” in the subject line.
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