Focus on one thing this quarter.
The new year comes with excitement and ALL of the possibilities. But you still have just as much time as you did before and that probability wasn’t a lot. Coming up with a laundry list of to-dos to improve your business isn’t the answer.
When you focus on everything, you focus on nothing.
Start with this:
1. Make a list of all of your perceived priorities
2. Put those in order of importance
Ask these questions:
If we were to accomplish this, what roadblock would it alleviate?
Will this priority help move the company forward?
Which priority do I need to complete first to set myself up to accomplish the next thing?
3. Look at your top 3.
4. Then ask yourself:
- Do these align with my goals?
- What will it take to achieve this?
- What will I have once it’s complete?
- What details need to be considered for completing this?
- When will it be complete?
- What are the smaller tasks that need to be done so that the larger task is complete?
- Who is going to complete the tasks?
5. Decide which of those priorities to focus on first that lines up with your goal for the first quarter.
6. Start working on that one thing.
This exercise works if you are a business owner, leader, or just a person who has dreams and goals they want to accomplish but don’t know where to start.
Comment below and tell me, what do you want to accomplish this year?
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Stephanie German is a business strategist, adjunct professor, and speaker. She holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and loves giving back to her community in a variety of ways. When she’s not coaching clients or writing about leadership, Stephanie is usually headed to the mountains or the beach with her family, drinking savory wine, or working on the latest project with her husband. She lives in Fresno, California with her husband Blake and her three spunky daughters, Cara, Kinsey, and Peyton. She is the best-selling author of So Your Boss Can’t Lead?