Updated: Jan 21, 2022
Sometimes when we have many ideas flowing in and no direction, it can get difficult to figure out what to focus on. More and more things pile up and it becomes so overwhelming that we start procrastinating or just quit doing those things altogether.
Here are 5 simple ways on how to start prioritizing now:
1. Establish your biggest vision for your business. Take a moment to think about where you want to go with your business, what would you like to achieve long term. Think about your audience and what is the main thing that you can deliver for them and help them with. Keep it short and don’t overthink it. You will have the space to list all your ideas in the second step. For now, keep it simple. Listen to what speaks to your heart, even if it means changing the direction 360°.
2. Make a list of all of the ideas you would love to implement in your business moving forward based on that vision.
3. Narrow the list down to a maximum of 3. Keep the others on the list for later on. You might just return to those once you are on track with your goals, but more often than not you would be surprised how much the whole picture can change for you once you start achieving your goals and ticking things off your list based on the results and feedback that you get.
4. Categorize the remaining 3 into the following:
➡ Short term - something that’ achievable in the next 6 months or so (such as an online course)
➡ Medium term – something that’s achievable over the next year (such as writing a book)
➡ Long term – something big that’s achievable over a longer period of time. It could be something that you’ll keep in the back of your mind and slowly move towards it, but it’s not as important to pursue it now, or it could be dependent on one of the other two (such as an upsell to an online course you are creating now, or an academy of some sorts)
You might only have short and middle term goals. Maybe you can pursue two achievable short-term goals at the same time, and that’s ok. But however you do it, keep the big picture in mind without letting it overwhelm you. It is not the time for that, now it’s the time to just focus on the short-term goal and establish the steps needed to achieve it.
5. Now start with the short-term goal(s) and list everything that is needed to get there, all the little steps in between. Think of anything from required content (videos, materials, worksheets), platforms you’ll need, budget, to marketing, implementation and required team support. Think of the time that might be required for each of the steps. Use a planning/PM tool, such as Asana which is super user friendly and free to use for most of the features you need, break each goal into milestones and create all the necessary tasks under each milestone. Assign people from your team, responsible for each of the tasks, and estimate deadlines so that you can keep track of all of the to-do’s and where in the process of achieving your goal you are at.
If you stick to these 5 simple steps, you are well on your way to having your plan all set up and ready to start working towards your goals. And remember, keep it simple, focus on one thing at a time while keeping the bigger picture in mind, and if you still feel that it’s all too much, it might just be the time for you to look for someone to support you with all of it. You don’t have to do it alone. Having someone helping you will make this whole process a lot more easier for you.