Setting priorities for your business is essential for continual growth. There’s an ever growing list of to-dos, new marketing tactics to try, and new products to create and we all only have so much time. Prioritizing the most important tasks for your business will help you be able to actually reach your business goals.
But how do you learn how to set priorities?
Priorities don’t have to be monetarily related. Priorities can be how many people you want to help or how much time you get to spend with your family.
In today’s post, we’re sharing how you can set meaningful priorities so you can grow in business, life, and beyond.
How To Set Priorities For Your Business
1 | Identify what you value
To first set priorities, we’ll need to do a little soul searching to find out what you value most.
This is a time to daydream and think big picture. What you prioritize is what you focus on the most in life, and we want these priorities to be in line with your biggest hopes and dreams.
So, to get started, what do you want to accomplish most this year? Do you…
- Want to increase revenue?
- Have more work/life balance?
- Spend more time with your family?
- Impact more people?
- Partner with nonprofit organizations?
This is only a sampling of possible things you can do with your business. Pick the things that resonate with you.
Identifying what you value and what you want to accomplish will help you set priorities that you will actually stick to.
If your ultimate goal is to increase revenue so you can quit your full-time job, you’ll want your priorities to be in line with things that increase your revenue. Make sense?
This is an important step because if you don’t identify what you value most, you won’t be motivated to do the work that’s required to get where you want to go.
2 | Prioritize
Obviously, a step in setting priorities for your business is prioritizing!
Reminder: You can’t do everything at once. It’s tempting to want to do #allthethings but you won’t accomplish much by focusing on 72 differents tasks at once.
We like planning in 3-month chunks of time for our editorial calendar, launches, etc. Every quarter, we focus on 1-3 projects and that’s it.
We have big dreams of other products to offer and collaborations we’d love to do but we don’t try to do them all at once because we know we can only do so much.
Believe me, don’t try to launch multiple things at once. It will be a nightmare and you will regret it. Slow and steady wins the race.
Another thing to note: Say you’re wanting to increase your revenue like we listed above. Knowing the particular tasks that are directly bringing in income will help you learn what to prioritize at the top of the list.
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3 | Stop procrastination
Procrastination is what halts many of us from progress. We procrastinate for many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons we procrastinate? Fear.
Working on your business priorities can be terrifying because they are often so big and scary that we fear failure. Starting something new is intimidating so we procrastinate to protect ourselves from the potential of failure.
We actually just went through this when we were creating our Canva Social Media Templates. I had never used Canva before and being unfamiliar with the program made me extremely intimidated, so I put off starting.
I eventually had to get over my fear and just do it anyway and turns out it wasn’t nearly as horrible I was expecting!
Often, the worst part is starting so just START. Set a timer, schedule it in your calendar, get an accountability partner…do whatever you need to do to just GET STARTED. Nothing has to be perfect from the beginning. You can always edit and update along the way.Discover how to set priorities for your business with these tips from @bluchic!Click To Tweet
4 | Keep yourself accountable
A key piece in being able to set priorities for your business is keeping yourself accountable. It’s hard doing this business thing on your own and the best way to keep you on track is having someone to help keep you accountable.
Our friend Nevica has a great resource available on finding and starting a mastermind group if you don’t currently have one.
Or if you don’t like a group setting, get an accountability partner to help keep you on track. You can meet people in Facebook groups, on Instagram, or even through local meetups.
Finally, plan to have weekly check-ins with yourself to see how far you’ve come on your priorities for the week and make adjustments if things get off track.
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5 | Revisit your business priorities often
The final step to setting priorities for your business is to revisit those priorities often. We try and look at our priorities at least once a month.
Know that priorities can change and that it’s okay. Life happens and it’s important to go with where life takes you.
Now that you know how to set priorities for your business, you can really start moving forward and making headway with your goals.
We’re rooting for you and can’t wait to see what great things come from your business!