I know I promised an interview with expert John Thornhill last week, but I was hit with the flu and have been pretty much knocked back for two weeks, so the remainder of last week was spent putting a product together, fulfilling deadlines and trying my best to get pull myself around in time for my winter vacation to Egypt for some winter sun!
Yes I’m not here right now, I’m probably swimming with the kids or just lying around the pool reading Jab Jab Right Hook which I have been looking forward to reading for a while.
Anyway, it’s not about great books that I want to talk about today, it’s about commitment to projects and knowing when to prioritise your workload when you don’t have enough time.
As I mentioned at the start of the post I was prepping for an interview for a follow up post with John Thornhill regarding his recent mega launch to give you an insight into what it actually takes, but my health took a dive so I had to put it on hold, which in turn put other things on hold as well.
My plan of action was to conduct the interview last week and release the interview this week while I was on vacation. However my main priority jobs which I had scheduled for the week before last week such as:
- Prepare Instant Product Publisher (IPP) for launch this week
- Create an update for a product re-launch with John next week
- Schedule emails for my vacation week
- Work on a new plugin which is launching soon
As well as some chores around the house which needed to be done (according the Emma) urgently!
So as you can imagine my schedule become pretty stacked up!
What do you do when this happens?
There is only one thing you can do when this happens and that is prioritise your work. I needed to get certain things done, such as IPP and my product re-launch, so these took priority immediately. I also had to get ready the things that I would miss this week, which is mainly behind the scenes stuff to do with PLR Monthly and Free Monthly Websites. So once again my blog posts and social stuff took a hit.
A good friend of mine Tony Sheppard once said “prioritise your work with the jobs which create your income streams first”
So when deadlines call. This is what you should be working on when you have limited time or you are behind on your work. This also means you need to focus and ignore the trivial stuff you are so used to doing, such as social media, email and cell phone activity. Prioritise your work!
Here are the Top 10 Prioritising Tips you don’t want to Miss!
1. The to-do list – When the crap hits the fan and you need to act fast there is only one thing for it! Get out your diary or Evernote and go for it. Write your to-do’s down as a priority list.
2. Review your tasks – If you are in a hurry and need to priorities jobs fast, it’s always a good idea to look at what you have to do rather than how much you have to do. See if you can outsource your tasks to speed things up.
3. Remember the 80:20 rule – 80 percent of our work contributes to less than 20 per cent of its value. Concentrate on the most crucial 20 per cent of your workload to maximize and prioritise.
4. Be realistic – Look at your to-do list and estimate the time each task needs to be completed. Be honest and set a workload which is achievable. I had to put some tasks on hold until my return due to time constraints. I prioritise with subscriber importance, value and income in mind.
5. No interruptions – Your workload is paramount to your deadlines. Stay focused and get your tasks done! People will understand if you need to work without interruption.
6. Priorities and structure – You have a list which you have planned beforehand. Stick to it and don’t jump from job to job. Unfinished projects take longer to complete if you keep going back to them. Set each job as a priority one at a time.
7. Turn of all distractions – Yes this includes email and social media. You have a job to do, so don’t turn on the TV or browse Facebook! Your time is short to meet deadlines, focus on the task at hand.
8. Just say NO – Yes sometimes it’s needed. It’s great to help others but when it comes to your own business and income, this should always come first. This is what I call locking the doors and getting things done!
9. Don’t multitask your priority list – It’s easy to think that a certain part of a project or job is a little tricky, so you promise to come back to it. Instead of one product, you now have two or three running. This will slow you down. Try to avoid it.
10. Maintain a simple check list – A simple check list is a great way to stay on top of your projects and how long they are taking to complete. Remember that each one you finish brings you closer to getting back on track again.
Prioritising tasks is a great way to get things done quickly and efficiently and is especially handy when you have had a few days away or are going on holiday. Give setting priorities a go and I guarantee you will see a big improvement!
Can you think of a time when you needed to prioritise or when you had to above and beyond your regular schedule to get more done!
Do you have any prioritising tips you would like to share?
Let me know?
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