Are Your Priorities Getting Enough Attention?Your weekly review: It’s right there in your calendar, every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Setting that time aside worked really well at first, but lately you’ve been getting pulled from project to project. And lately, Thursday afternoons seem to get consumed by more pressing tasks, from getting invoices out to managing customer complaints.
For small business owners, setting priorities is critical in aligning day-to-day operations with big-picture goals. The following three tips can help SMBs keep a grip on their priorities, making sure the big picture and the day-to-day operations flow together harmoniously.
- Plan what you want to do the night before: Instead of evaluating your priorities on the fly, take some time at night to map out the next day’s goals. This can help you feel proactive instead of merely reactive. In other words, you’ll feel like you’re actively concentrating on priorities, such as adding 15 new customers this quarter, and not just dealing with daily events and emergencies.
- Choose a set time for big-picture thinking: During the week, attending to daily tasks may be more important than setting aside an hour to review priorities and brainstorm. Rather than trying to carve out an hour during your regular business hours, set aside time on a day that you ordinarily wouldn’t be working. If your business is open Monday through Friday, for example, you might find it easier to consistently set aside an hour or two on Saturday mornings.
- Break down your business plan to an actionable level: Your current business plan may be broken down by year, quarter or month. Creating monthly goals can help you more easily focus on those daily tasks that actually pertain to your business plan, and ensure that what you’re doing each day is working toward meeting those longer-term goals.
Do you use any of these tactics to help set priorities? What tips have you found that help you achieve your business goals? Join the discussion and leave a comment below!
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