How do you stay focused on your priorities, even while taking on new projects? With most of our “to-do” lists seemingly never-ending, there is probably never a shortage of things to keep you busy. But how do you stay focused on your “Big Projects” (creating a free offer, starting a newsletter, revamping your website, etc.) while keeping your clients super happy, not getting bogged down in your day-to-day tasks and letting those big projects slide?
Fabienne Fredrickson suggests the following: “Ask yourself three questions. 1. What is the exact purpose of the project you want to complete? 2. Why is it important for you to complete this? 3. What does the completed project look like if the outcome was ideal?” She then suggests listing the top 3 projects on your list right now and then answering these three questions for each of them as a way of getting very clear on which one will impact your business most right now.
Along these same lines, here 3 other ideas for making sure that you don’t put the big things that you need to do for your business on the back-burner indefinitely.
- Set milestones. If you have a large project, or where you aren’t sure to start, it might help to break it down into smaller goals, rather than one huge one. For example, if you want to revamp your website, commit to rewriting just your “About” page first. Once that is done, commit to the next step.
- Have an Accountability Buddy. Having someone who shares similar goals, who can encourage you when you’re feeling unmotivated and who can help keep you on track can be invaluable. Just seeing your buddy progress with their projects can motivate you to finish your own.
- If you get stuck, take a break. This may sound like the opposite of sticking with the project, but there is no point in continuing if you are completely blocked. Go take a walk or work out, call a friend – anything that is not focused on the project that has you banging your head against the wall. When you come back to it you will feel fresher and have a new perspective. If you keep torturing yourself, you’ll have such a bad feeling about it you’ll never want to finish.
What are your tricks for getting to those big “scary” or overwhelming projects that you know you need to do to move your business forward? I’d love to hear what works for you at www.SoundAdminSolutions.com!
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