7 Steps to Setting Priorities To Help Your Network Marketing Business Succeed
Setting priorities is basically pretty simple. You choose your goals and tasks and determine what activities you need to implement each day so that you reach your overall goals for your business. Setting priorities is an important step in both your business and personal life so that you allocate time to strike that work/life balance we all desire.
You know what is most important to building your business. I have placed a great deal of emphasis on prospecting and enrolment, because they are, without a doubt, the two things that must be done on a daily basis to achieve your business and personal goals. However, it is so easy to avoid things you don’t like and replace them with things that you enjoy doing like answering email or addressing interruptions. When this happens, everything seems urgent, yet nothing really gets done.
When you examine your activities, you will more than likely find several strategies that you can implement to allocate your time effectively. The following list of seven strategies will give you a jumpstart on how to work on those things that are truly important to your business success.
1. Make a list of all tasks you need to implement to be successful. From here, type your list into two categories: Important and Urgent.
Important tasks are those things you know you need to implement for your business to be successful. Urgent tasks are those things that need to be addressed immediately (a family member is suddenly ill or you have an angry customer calling to complain about something that was done or not done). The urgent things in our life are definitely important to address. The problem is that urgent things are extremely compelling and grab your attention, so we react to everything that comes our way, and the important things don’t get addressed. Communicate to your team and family that while you are prospecting or in an enrolment conversation, you do not want to be interrupted. Establish certain hours of the day to make room for interruptions, and you will be able to address both the urgent and important tasks more efficiently and effectively.
2. Adopt the 80/20 rule.
This rule basically tells you that 80% of the value in your business comes from the 20% of high value activities. Do your best to concentrate on that 20% (such as prospecting and enrollment), and your results will be much greater in the end.
3. Start your day by tackling the high value tasks.
Many business owners gravitate to the easy tasks early in the work day. Instead, start your day with the 20% of high value tasks.
4.Do not allow trivial things to creep into your day.
This could be a video your friend sent you by email or allowing people to interrupt you all day. Establish clear boundaries with the people in your life around what is trivial and what is not.
5. Avoid switching priorities throughout your day.
Constantly jumping from one task to the next throughout your day often results in failure to establish and then implement important, high value priorities.
6, Do your very best to not take on someone else’s requests at the expense of your own important, high value tasks.
Take action firmly and tactfully with those people who are constantly asking for you to help them by taking on their tasks.
7. Remember this: The squeaky wheel usually gets the grease.
Don’t change your day and your priorities because someone is making loud demands of you. This could be family members, friends, colleagues or customers. Before you allow someone to change up your day, think about alternative solutions that will address the person’s needs and allow you to stay on task.