How do you decide priorities?

Question: How do you decide priorities? Read answers from remote workers to learn.

Interview with Nikita, an entrepreneur building a website to learn anything

One of the best additions I have added to my workflow was a Trello board I made called 'Focus'. It's a simple board that has four columns: Temp & Always projects, Goals and Always.

I then mark the cards I want to focus on completing in this moment in time and work towards it.

Usually everything is done in context of my bigger and more long term goals although I don't plan too much ahead of time and just try and make things and see where that leads me.

The approach that worked tremendously well in staying productive is GTD

In that I keep nearly nothing in my memory that is not related to solving the problem I have at hand. Everything else is determined for me already with software (2Do task manager in my case) and I just choose what problems I want to solve today and work towards solving them.

Nikita uses a private Trello board where he outline things that he want to focus on in life and achieve.

Nikita uses a private Trello board where he outline things that he want to focus on in life and achieve.

Nikita is an entrepreneur working on his startup while optimizing his productivity—learn how he organizes his life and work to maximize happiness

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Interview with Elizabeth, a graphic designer and art director

Some of my client work is consistent, so I know what to expect there and am able to portion my plate accordingly. I then layer other projects in the gaps, so to speak.

Those always have deadlines, so I work backwards on those to set milestones and deliverables. Almost every conversation I have ends with, “and when do you need this by?”

Elizabeth provides the ultimate list of tips for aspiring freelancers and remote workers. Check out her game-changing tools, and advice for thriving as a freelancer.

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Interview with Shauna, founder and business consultant specializing in remote work

As a business owner wearing so many hats, it's essential to understand where I can add the most value to my clients, what my highest ROI is and what I really enjoy doing.

From experience, priorities often change, but as long as it's contributing to the overall goal, it's okay to be flexible.

It's important to stay focused, which can be really hard to do when we work online. Reflecting at the end of each day as to what went well & what can be improved is a really great way to consistently get better, hold yourself accountable and ultimately, grow.

Shauna is a consultant that guides companies in thriving while remote—see her advice for staying grounded as a remote worker.

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Interview with Patryk, a Front-end Developer & UI Designer

I'm always open to new opportunities and eager to help people or get involved in non-profit activities.

However, that trait means I can easily become overwhelmed by too many commitments.

Every couple of months, I write down and evaluate my long-term goals. Whenever a new opportunity appears, I first check if it aligns with the bigger picture.

It's not always easy, as it means saying "no" to a lot of amazing things. If you want to learn more, google "opportunity cost". 😉

Patryk has learned that there is no reason to wait for the flow - once you start working, it will happen naturally.

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Interview with Nathan and Connor, owners of Freeeup

Together. Every week, we have multiple phone calls where we go over the highest priority projects within the business. We make sure that one of us is leading the project and that we have other people on the team supporting our efforts.

For FreeeUp, it all really boils down to three things:

  • Get more clients signed up and using the network.
  • Get more qualified freelancers into the marketplace.
  • Continue to improve the overall software experience at all times.

The majority of our projects have a connection to those three core goals. If we can always be focused on those, we believe that we’ll continue to see growth in the long run.

Thinking of creating your own remote startup? See how Nathan and Connor built a successful and effective remote team from scratch.

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Interview with Ascencia, a content marketer, and avid gig economy professional

I have to be honest; I’m bad at deciding priorities. I’ve learned about the priority matrix since I was in high school, but never used it, not once. I just do whatever is urgent. And when I actually have nothing to do, I do the things that are important but not urgent.

A forgotten two-year-old Upwork account allowed Ascencia to become a content marketer—see how the gig economy has offered her an alternative path to success.

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Interview with Digital Nomad Sage, an entrepreneur and UX consultant

I decide priorities by looking at their cost-benefit analysis. Things that are not so important I will definitely put on the backburner. I usually prioritize things that will have the biggest potential to make me income.

From e-books to blogging, Digital Nomad Sage has become an expert on making money online—see his advice for developing an online business.

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Interview with Tammy, founder and CEO of Workplaceless

I ask myself the following questions:

  • What will actually make me feel accomplished?
  • What will have a direct impact on the success of my business?

Based on the answers to those questions, I determine my daily, weekly, and monthly priorities.

Learn how this founder and CEO of a remote work resource and certification program handles the triumphs and trails of location independence.

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Interview with Haley, a VP of Operations shares her stellar remote work strategies

Our values, our company roadmap, my goals, and my role. It takes some time to figure out what the Venn diagram of what you can do vs. what needs to be done vs. what only you can do looks like, but it’s essential.

Leadership can feel like a choose your own adventure novel; time isn’t structured for you, so it’s important to have a clear sense of where you add the most value.

Haley has figured out the way she works best as a VP of Operations. See her principles of remote work and the unique advice a former boss gave her about breaks.

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Interview with Melissa, a co-founder and remote work champion

It’s not easy.

The best method for me is to go week by week and pull out the things that have to get done and things that would be nice to get done and go from there.

Melissa started Work Well Wherever to help individuals & companies embrace remote work—see how she balances entrepreneurship, parenthood, & self-care.

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