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  • DA0118

    How to prioritise

    I am in the early days of creating my own business in the field I have worked in for a long time, how do I know what to prioritise first and what to put on the back burner until the company has a bigger following/is more developed?

    Annette Yates

    How to prioritise

    For general prioritisation, I’ve never found anything better than Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix. Have a Google – there are plenty of sources, but here’s one article you might find useful.

    The aim is to work mostly on things that are important, before they become urgent (quadrant 2).

    Overall, I’ve found that the best way of determining importance of tasks is to ask myself “What will happen if I do this?” followed by “What will happen if I DON’T do this?”. The answer to the second question is often more telling!

    Prioritising tasks relies on having your objectives prioritised, too. So if, for example, you need to generate income over the short term, you’ll probably choose different activities to those for building a long-term sustainable business.

    I hope that helps a little – I’m sure others will add more and better answers! 🙂


    How to prioritise

    I found that anything revenue generating in the beginning is the best place to focus. Anything that drives your sales will allow you to bring in the money to expand your business. It’s easy to feel so overwhelmed that you don’t action anything or to feel like things have to be perfect. But in waiting for them to be perfect, you delay taking the imperfect actions that start you on your journey.

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