Be Intentional With Time
One of the most common pitfalls entrepreneurs face when trying to expand their businesses is getting bogged down in non-essential tasks that don’t actually move their businesses forward. This often includes busy work, such as answering emails, that can seem important at the moment but don’t actually help achieve your larger goals.
It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of spending your days putting out fires and dealing with mundane tasks, but if you want to elevate your impact and authority in your industry, you must be mindful of how you spend your time. Focusing on high-yielding tasks that promote business growth and scale your impact is crucial.
Identify High Yield Activities
So how do you avoid this trap and ensure you focus on the tasks that matter? First, you need to identify these high-yielding activities for your specific business and goals. This will vary depending on your industry, but generally speaking, these tasks directly impact revenue, lead generation, and client retention.
For service-based businesses, this might mean prioritizing activities like networking, client outreach, and consistently delivering high-quality services to keep clients returning. E-commerce businesses, on the other hand, typically want to focus on improving website user experience, optimizing product listings for search engines, and investing in targeted advertising. The essential aspect is identifying the tasks that significantly impact your business, then dedicating your resources and efforts to these tasks.
Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize
To achieve your priorities effectively requires delegating and outsourcing tasks – and learning to say no to requests that do not match your goals. It is typical to find yourself caught up in activities that do not advance your desired direction merely because it brings in cash. But saying no to needless tasks is just as crucial as focusing on high-yield activities. While it may be tempting to take a break and indulge in activities like scrolling through social media, checking websites, or shopping, you must redirect your energy to grow your business, authority, impact, and scale. Be intentional about refocusing on tasks that propel you toward achieving your goals.
Focus on Goals – Master Your Time
Setting goals and identifying the key metrics you want to improve is crucial to ensure you stay on track and prioritize your tasks correctly. Then, break down the steps necessary to achieve these goals and create a daily or weekly to-do list, focusing on tasks that move you closer to your objectives. You can use time-tracking apps or set timers to maintain focus during these tasks. Another helpful strategy is keeping a log of your daily activities and being honest with yourself about where your time goes. By doing so, you’ll be able to identify and eliminate unproductive activities. By editing your routine, you can ensure that you stay focused on high-yield tasks that are essential to your success.
Ultimately, if you want to scale your impact and authority in your industry, you must be intentional about how you spend your time. By focusing on the tasks that truly matter and prioritizing them above all else, you’ll be on the path to business growth and success.
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Beate Chelette is The Growth Architect & Founder of The Women’s Code, and provides visionaries and leaders with strategies, blueprints and results-oriented, tangible tools and techniques that give clear steps to improve business systems, strengthen leadership skills and teams so that you can scale your impact.
A first-generation immigrant who found herself $135,000 in debt as a single parent, Beate bootstrapped her passion for photography into a highly successful global business and eventually sold it to Bill Gates in a multimillion-dollar deal. She is amongst the “Top 100 Global Thought Leaders” by PeopleHum and “One of 50 Must-Follow Women Entrepreneurs” by HuffPost.
Recent clients include Amazon, Reckitt (the maker of Lysol), Chevron, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, the Women’s Legislative Caucus of California Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Shelter Inc., Mental Health First Aid and thousands of small businesses.
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