Sad, I know. That means choices must be made. Choices can be difficult. And ultimately, when it comes to choosing priorities for your business or life, in general, you are the chief decision maker.
It’s easy to get “shiny object” syndrome and want to jump at everything that appears to benefit us personally or feed our businesses. When we say “yes” to everything that crosses our desks or inboxes, however, that means everything becomes a priority…and if everything is important…then really, nothing is a true priority.
We must learn to be selfish with our time and focus on our top priorities. Only then can those priorities flourish.
I have first-hand experience with this. I’ve been involved with several non-profit volunteer board member roles and also participate in a number of business networking groups. These are wonderful ways to meet new people and give back to the community. Before I knew it, I was in over my head with volunteer roles, spending too much time networking without allowing time for ample follow-up and not allowing myself enough time in other areas that are vital to my business. I was feeling overwhelmed, overworked and over-committed. I realized what I’d done and knew I had to make some important decisions, so I started to really take ownership of my time. Besides, I’m my own boss…so this was all my own fault. Being the people-pleaser that I am, I knew that I had to start learning how to say “no”.
So I left the networking groups that weren’t benefiting my business and I left the volunteer groups where everyone seemed to be spinning their wheels. I made a decision that I would only commit to new activities that were in direct alignment with my availability and my priorities…and this commitment to myself has paid off exponentially.
For those of you in a network marketing or direct sales business, remember that there is one true way we build our businesses…by engaging with people. There are great ways you can start engaging with people via social media, but nothing beats the telephone, a face-to-face chat via Skype or an in-person conversation over coffee. It’s as simple as that. We can’t grow by immersing ourselves in 20 networking groups, “virtually vomiting” all over the Internet about how great our product/company is or attempting to “convince” people to work with us. Keep it simple. Remember your priorities. Focus on consistent daily activity to achieve the goals associated with that priority and you will see success.
If you need help moving your business or a certain project forward, I highly recommend reading David Allen‘s “Getting Things Done” and “Making It All Work“. I’ve read both and have implemented many of Allen’s strategies for project/task/information management.
Also, head over to Rock n Roll Bride and read Kat’s interpretation of why being selfish with your time and skillset is crucial to your success.
What are your tips for taking control of your priorities and getting things done?