Are You Really Too Busy?

Too Busy

Does it ever happen to you?

You know…

When you ask someone to do something and they respond with, “I’m too busy…sorry.”

How does it make you feel?

Now on the flipside, do you do this same thing to other people too?

(I know what you are thinking, Geeze – you caught me Jason. It’s o.k. to do it too).

There are always so many things that one needs to do — BUT time is the most precious asset and you are doing yourself as disservice if you aren’t respecting where and how you are allocating your time.

I promise that this week’s message with help you and YOUR BUSINESS. Here’s 3 strategies you can put to work right away.

Strategy #1 – Accomplish Revenue Producing Activities First

As an entrepreneur, you are in business to make money and add value. Wouldn’t it make sense to have the first thing you do each day being to focus on tackling the revenue producing activities first?

I define these in two categories.

1. The tasks that actually generate specific revenue. (Selling your products and services.)

2. The tasks that help increase my chances of bringing in specific revenue. (Marketing, advertising and cultivating relationships that will help you sell your products and services)

Not only will you feel great the rest of the day knowing you spent time pushing your business forward, but you will see it in the top and bottom line at the end of the month!

Strategy #2 – Block Time For Less Important Tasks For Later In The Day

After you accomplish your revenue producing activities for the day, then you can block a set amount of time to accomplish the other less important activities you need to get done before the end of the week.

What I see that happens with entrepreneurs is that they let these tasks pile up too often, which creates the “too busy” problem, and then when they start to tackle the revenue producing activities it just makes them overwhelmed.

Don’t let this happen to you!

Strategy #3 – Don’t Be Afraid to Say NO

As leaders we are all opportunity focused type people, and sometimes that hurts us just as much as it helps us.

When someone comes to you with a potential opportunity, the best thing you can do is to start by stopping. Before you let your emotions get in the way, logically think about this question…

“Is what I am considering really going to add value to my life or business, and help me reach my goals (and do I have the time to fit it in right now)?”

If you can’t answer that question with a resounding YES, it is probably better that you pass on it so you can put your time where it will get the greatest return.

Do you have any thoughts about these stragegies or want to share a time saving strategy of your own – I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave them in the comments section below!

Have a great weekend!

Jason Duff

P.S. Did you see this weeks blog post about the 3 places you can look to get ideas for your 2013 marketing plan? If not, here’s the link:

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