My focus sessions help entrepreneurs gain clarity on a particular area of their business where they want to make progress. The topics of these sessions vary – from bringing on a business partner, to creating a marketing strategy, to being a better manager – and many more.
Each entrepreneur values having the dedicated time to think through their issues and recognises the importance of committing to small steps in order to achieve their longer term goals. Yet, many wonder how they’ll fit these actions into their already busy schedules.
are you wasting your time?
It can be manage all the moving parts, especially when you’re running a business on your own. You end up being a jack of all trades while also trying to generate some money. With limited time, it’s important none of it is wasted.
- Do you put focus and energy on to things that don’t really matter?
- Do you say YES to everything just in case it’s will lead to some source of income generation?
- Do you distract yourself with “stuff” to avoid the less sexy things?
- Can you filter out the things that aren’t important?
urgent or important?
In Stephen Covey’s book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he discusses the difference between urgent and important tasks.
Urgent tasks are those that come up and cause you to feel as though they need to be dealt with RIGHT NOW. It may take form as an email or phone call, a customer query, a request to do something for somebody else, etc. We often refer to these tasks as “firefighting” and although some of these may also be important for business, others are just simply time wasters.
In contrast, important tasks are those that have to do with results and contribute to the overall mission, values, and goals of your business. These are things such as understanding your vision, creating key partnerships, identifying your business plans, marketing to your ideal clients, etc. Because they aren’t always urgent, they sometimes can be pushed to the bottom of your to do list as you’re putting out the fires instead (or allowing yourself to turn off your brain to recoup from fighting fires).
over to you…
Do you know how much time you’re currently wasting on a weekly basis?
Then come back and share with us the one thing you could do differently that would make a huge impact on the success of your business.