One of the things that is on a lot of our minds right now is figuring out how to prioritize tasks. This is especially true as we are entering a very busy season, as well as still in the middle of COVID-19.
IE 197: How to Prioritize Tasks as a Woman Owned Business
With kids going back to school in a mix of virtual and in-person, having to be both mom and teacher while working from home and running a business can be overwhelming.
And I get it. I’ve had my days of crying in the corner and losing my patience. We have to be able to prioritize our tasks to prevent complete overwhelm and burnout from happening, and in order to push our businesses forward.
Prioritizing your tasks is simple and will help you as you wear all your hats and try to find time to do everything you need to do.
One of the best things you can do when it comes to prioritizing your tasks is to find someone to talk to about it.
Whether this is a coach, accountability partner, a Mastermind group, etc. If you don’t have a place or a person where you can reach out and find that accountability, we have a place for you.
You need to have a sounding board and someone to hold you accountable to get things done.
The Three Steps to Prioritizing
There are a few steps you need to take when it comes to prioritizing your tasks:
- Write down everything that you need to get done. This includes mom tasks, teacher tasks, business tasks, and whatever else it is that you have to do.
- Divide these tasks into 3 categories. Have a “mom” category, a “teacher” category, and a “business” category. Take a look at everything you have to do and put it in its correct category.
- Prioritize tasks from each category. Make a schedule as you are setting your priorities and stick these tasks into your day as you plan. Take a look at all your tasks and look at the hours you have in the day. Schedule things every 15 minutes.
Focus on Monetization
When it comes to business, you need to be prioritizing what will bring you the most income the fastest.
While more page views might eventually bring you more income, a new product or new service will result in more income as well.
What projects do you have in mind? What services could you offer? Are you just focusing on your page views?
Decide what will work best for you and your business model. Make sure that whatever you decide, it is based on monetization.
You want to make sure that you aren’t wasting your time and that there is a correlation between what you are doing and your income.
Connect Your Priorities
Try to connect your priorities to each other. If you have a valuable aspect of your business, use that as your social media posts, your blog content, and refer to it in your email newsletters.
Think about what you are creating and make sure it can be found in multiple places. Do your keyword research. Build your list through marketing.
I place my business tasks on a scale of 1-5. 5 = it will bring me income right away, like Pitch Perfect Pro. I know that I need to focus on the tasks that rank higher on this scale.
Be Realistic About Your Time
Once you have listed all your tasks, divided them into their categories, and made your priorities list, you need to be realistic about the amount of time you have in the day.
How much time does it take you to do your tasks? Find a way to cut some corners. Look at your tasks and figure out how long each one takes and where you could fit it into your day.
If some tasks are taking you too long and you could be working on something else that will be a direct source of income, it’s time to consider hiring someone to take over those tasks.
The money you spend on a VA or photographer will go towards reaching your goals even faster.
If you want to continue growing your business and moving forward, you have to not only prioritize your tasks but decide where you will invest your money.
Prioritize Your Values
You need to make sure that you give yourself some grace.
You will not pick the perfect way to do these things right away; you will have to shift and pivot. Instead of getting frustrated when a task takes 15 minutes one day and 45 the next, be flexible.
This is a time in our lives where things feel overwhelming. This is part of your path. If you have to take things a little slower, do it.
Do not stop at prioritizing your tasks. Prioritize your values. That is always what is most important.
If you are looking for that accountability, please book a discovery call with me and we will chat about what you need as you look to move your business forward.