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.
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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?”
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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.
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Much of my work is project-based, often with time scales. So that affects my priorities and what type of work I am focusing on day to day.
Finally, remember to continue to market yourself and look after your own business as well as your clients.
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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". 😉
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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:
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.
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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.
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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.
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Work is always our priority. We discuss with our customers what needs to be done in a stand-up call that we do every day to decide what to work on, but we usually schedule in advance so that we are always on track with what our client needs.
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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.
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