4 Habits to Help Prioritize Your BusinessJuly 13, 2021
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If you’re trying to run a business, it’s often the consistent, intentional habits that make your success stay a priority. Many people expect there to be secret, groundbreaking tactics that will help get them to success, but in reality, it’s up to you to get your priorities right and work toward them. How can you create better priorities to ensure you achieve your ideal accomplishments and business goals?
1. Start Planning Your Week
It’s important to prioritize having a plan for your weekly workflow. Set aside time once a week or weekend to plan the upcoming week ahead with everything you need to do.
Block out time for yourself when you’re going to be working on your business. Weekly planning can include:
- Financial tracking
- Tasks to delegate out
- Project management
- Sales calls, interviews, customer engagement
- Creative tasks (writing, design, video editing, etc.)
- Team meetings
- Content ideation
Identify what is most important to you in your business right now so you can show up and do the work to make your business work for you.
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Many successful professionals swear by planning and time batching. It allows you to get a feel on how much free time you have for the week, how each workday will flow, and encourage you to complete important tasks on time. They say “Failing to plan is planning to fail” — and that might be cliche for a reason. Our minds operate better when we provide some direction and expectations ahead of time.
2. Schedule CEO Time
If you are struggling to prioritize your business, you might be working too hard in your business instead of on it. You might feel trapped in the long, tiring, tedious work of the daily grind and endless to-do lists. Although these are important, these things never end! You need to take ample CEO time to manage your business like an actual boss, too.
Our CEO Day Kit was created to help guide you through one entire day spent planning a year’s worth of vision and goals. Remember, the big picture plans need to remain in your reach all throughout the year. It’s okay to revise and change as the year goes on. Some bosses even like to revisit the CEO day kit every season (each quarter of the year) to get the most out of business-focused planning.
3. Intake Business Content for Inspiration
It’s favorable to stay inspired. If you’re not already making a habit out of immersing yourself in content that inspires you in your business process, start replacing TV and Netflix with business podcasts or books. Learning from successful people can provide insight and offer new ideas you’ve never thought of before.
If you’re someone who is already really into the inspiration side of things, take an honest look at how much time you’re actually consuming inspiration. Sometimes we can binge on too much as a way to distract ourselves from actually doing what needs to get done.
If you’re using learning as an excuse to procrastinate, try taking what you already know and implementing it before learning another new thing. Whenever you take in inspirational content, make an action plan to put it into practice. This can also be a good way to push yourself in any area of self-development, which will ultimately ripple out into your business relationships and habits.
4. Celebrate Your Wins
Celebrate the huge milestones and the small wins. Notice a theme here? The larger areas of business that take up more time always correlate with the smaller areas that happen daily—even the things that might seem insignificant.
You get to choose if, when, and how you celebrate your wins. Just make it a point to consciously reap the benefits of all the hard work you’ve done. This will help you to keep prioritizing your business goals further. Celebration lightens the load of obligation, so working this into your regular habits can fuel your drive to keep working on (and in) your business.
Hopefully, adding these small but mighty actions into your routine can help you prioritize your business for the better. So, bosses, go prioritize and do what you need to do!
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Emily Thompson: [00:00:00] Okay, so you want to start a business or you're really here to make the business you already have work. Oftentimes it's not a matter of more tactics and tips, but simply adopting the habits that are going to have you making your business a priority because of where focus goes energy flows. Those habits, the daily and weekly habits that have you prioritizing your business and making it work is what we're here to talk about today.
[00:00:30] Welcome back to 10 Minutes to Being Boss. A bite-size show, offering up tips, tools, and tactics for helping you do business. I'm Emily Thompson. And in this episode, I'm sharing four habits to help you prioritize your business. But first here's a bit about our sponsor, Podia. You know, one of the things that I love at most about Podia is that they are here to support creators like me, and also likely like you too. In fact, that support is what is built into Podia, helping you out with your mission to turn your passion into income. Podia, an all in one platform that was built to help you sell courses or webinars downloads and memberships all in one place.
[00:01:08] Sign up now for a 14-day free trial with no credit card required and get 15% off for life by going to podia.com/beingboss. Now I've recently done episodes on prioritizing projects in your business and putting your creativity first as a business owner. But today I want to talk about the habits that have you putting your business first in the event, that that is something that you are struggling with.
[00:01:37] Whenever you can make your business a priority, you are that much more likely to make this thing work for you. So here are four habits to help you along the way. First is you have to start. If you are not already planning your week, I talk about planning your week all the time, because it's important. I do it every single week.
[00:02:01] I sit down once a week. And plan out everything that I'm doing for the week. In the context of helping you prioritize your business, this is where you sit down and you block out time for yourself when you are going to be working on your business. Block it out and don't let anything touch it. If you need help planning your week,
[00:02:24] and one to learn more about this process of time blocking your calendar, I've created some free training for you that you can get at beingboss.club/time. You can get it down below in the description or in the show notes for this episode. Planning your week is the best way for you to prioritize to name the thing that is most important.
[00:02:46] For you, in this case, your business setting time aside for you to show up and do the work that you know, you need to be doing to make your business work for you. Next up is you have got to also be scheduling CEO time. If you are struggling with prioritizing your business, it's quite likely that this is because you're doing.
[00:03:09] The hard, boring or lame work that is also required for you to run a business, but that work isn't fun. You find yourself in a place where you are just simply doing the daily grind, the day-to-day to-do lists. It's not inspiring. It's not necessarily fun. And though it is an important part of being a business owner,
[00:03:31] you're never going to get out of doing those day to day, grind tasks in your business. You also need to remember that you are the boss and to schedule CEO time in your business, you are putting your business first and you are making sure that you are working on your business as well as in your business.
[00:03:55] And as a business owner, you will likely find that time significantly more motivating. Spiring and will actually help you make more sense and find more fun I'll call it. And the day-to-day grind that probably has you in this place in the first place, helping you carve out this CEO time for yourself, for you to be working on your business.
[00:04:18] It's actually something we're pretty passionate about here at Being Boss. We've even created a toolset called CEO day kit. That includes guidance and worksheets for you to take a whole day and do a years worth of planning in your business. In that one day, you're going to find more about CEO day kit beingboss.club/ceo, and use it to not only carve out this time for you to be the
[00:04:47] CEO, but also for you to make those big picture plans in your business. Now, the CEO day kit does help you create a CEO day once, twice, maybe quarterly in your year. But what we are talking about here is some weekly or daily habits. So even though the CEO day kit will help you create an annual habit of being the boss of your business.
[00:05:13] Scheduling CEO, time is also something you should be doing every single week. Most bosses that I know carve out about half a day, every single week, maybe it's Monday morning or Friday morning for you to sit down and do those overarching plans to check in with your annual CEO day, the plan that you create and that day, or to otherwise check in with your vision or goals and make sure that you are on the right path and to chart your path towards those goals.
[00:05:44] So habit number two is to schedule your CEO time. Habit number three is to intake business content or otherwise be inspired. Now this one is honestly a bit of a tricky one because a lot of times people keep themselves from doing the work because they're really just intaking too much business content. And here's where the problem lies is that it is not
[00:06:10] so much a habit as it is a way for you to procrastinate what it is that you are supposed to be doing. So instead of using intaking business content to procrastinate, instead of creating a habit of intaking business, content so that you can gain the broadening perspective, the insight. The, uh, the assistance and guidance, you need to do your work, but do it in a way that you control that you can tap into to be inspired or motivated to continue doing your work.
[00:06:43] This can be something like being a part of a monthly business book club. We actually have one of those in the being boss community or in sitting down and listening to your favorite podcast once or twice or three times a week. Whatever it is for you create buckets of time. You can use that time blocking in order to do this, to set aside designated time for you to intake that business content, to grow as a business owner so that you are doing it proactively and not as a way for you to procrastinate.
[00:07:19] And then habit number four is for you to actually just celebrate your wins, make it a habit to, for yourself to celebrate the things that you accomplish in your business all along the way. I often say that you should not only be celebrating the large milestones that you achieve in your business, but you should also be celebrating the small wins along the way.
[00:07:43] This can also help you stay inspired or motivated to continue doing the work. And this is one of the joys of being the CEO of being the boss of your business is that you can achieve lots of things every single day. And you get to choose if when and how you are celebrating those wins. Another angle of this is also in you making a point to reap the benefits of the hard work that you are doing.
[00:08:10] Whenever you are reaping these benefits, it's easier for you to continue prioritizing your business. It acts as a sort of positive feedback loop. The more work you do on your business, the more rewards you get to reap, the more you are encouraged to work on your business. So whenever you can really tap in,
[00:08:30] and celebrate your wins to reap the benefits of your hard work all along the way. It is going to be so much easier for you to show up and prioritize your business. Now, those are your four habits to help you prioritize your business every single week, work these into your weekly habits. And don't forget to check out the extra resources along the way either.
[00:08:53] Video in the description or for the show notes of this, if you were listening to it as a podcast and as always, thank you so much for coming to hang out with me. As I shared these poor habits for you to be more boss in your business. I have a couple of these I need to get on this week. So if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go get started.
[00:09:13] So you soon. Until next time, do the work, the boss.