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The most important question to ask

So you’ve got yourself completely organised; you’ve created a great workflow system, you’re on top of the world and in control like never before.

But unless you consistently know the answer to one very important question, no amount of organisation or systemisation will help you to reach full productivity. The question is: “What is the most important thing I should be working on?”

Discrimination leads to prioritisation
Discrimination comes from knowing yourself and being able to develop an inner compass that lets you feel how your core values, goals, and beliefs are aligned with what you are seeking to accomplish in your business.

Without this, you cannot begin to prioritise successfully.

Vision, values, prioritisation
The need to understand yourself and the big picture connection between who you are as a leader/owner and what you seek to accomplish in your business may not seem obvious at first.

Many business owners feel as if they are operating in a vacuum without knowing whether they are focusing on what will give them the momentum they desire.

But you should see these same owners after they bring their vision into focus through their Strategic Objective and created measurable benchmarks towards achieving it.

Simple prioritisation techniques
You need to be completely organised, have a good workflow system, and you need to know yourself and what you seek to accomplish.

Then try these simple techniques.

1. Often it works to settle on what the most important priorities are and stay focused on these. For example, optimising the customer experience to bring more value is often what is most important to move a business forward and create more profits.

2. Use the Urgent/Importance matrix. This helps you discriminate between what is important and what is urgent, and helps you prioritise better.

“Is this the most important thing I should be working on?”
The answer isn’t always “Yes”. Sometimes we do have to do those urgent but unimportant things, and sometimes we notice ourselves doing unimportant and non-urgent activities.

Awareness is the key. The more you observe, the better your understanding. The more you understand, the better you will be at focusing your attention on what matters most. Part of the challenge is honestly evaluating your ability to concentrate and focus on the task at hand.

I recommend the book Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy to help you see through the right actions even if they are unpleasant.

For the full article read:  E-Myth

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