7 Tips for Prioritizing Your Work

By on April 22, 2008

As an online entrepreneur you will always be faced with more tasks that you need to get done than you can manage. There will always be new ideas and opportunities that are tempting to pull you away from other things you are working on. Prioritizing your work is extremely important to achieve efficiency with your time and to get the most accomplished. Whether you are working full-time or part-time with your online ventures, you will need to recognize what tasks on your to-do list are most important and urgent.

Here are some tips for getting more out of your time by prioritizing your work:

1. Have a strategy

How are you going to make money online? Do you want to provide services or build assets? There are so many different paths you to take towards making money online that you need to have a sound strategy that will keep you moving in the right direction. An effective strategy will help to keep you focused and avoid distractions from activities that don’t fit with what you are ultimately trying to accomplish.

2. Recognize what makes you money

I think most online entrepreneurs, and definitely bloggers, face the challenge of identifying what work will actually produce an income. If you are going to make money through freelance blogging for example, writing posts for other blogs is what will produce your income. Using social media, reading other blogs, and participating at community sites will all help the cause, but none of these things will directly put money in your pocket. As a result, your income-generating work should take priority.

This becomes a bit more difficult when you are taking the approach of building an asset. If you are building a blog you may not directly make money today from some activities, but if they improve your asset they could make money for you in the long run.

The important thing here is that you recognize the significance of activities according to how much money they can produce for you. Make sure that you are dedicating the majority of your time to things that will make you successful.

3. Set goals

One way to keep yourself on track and working on the most important activities is to set goals. For example, my monthly income goals keep me focused on the work that will help me to meet those goals. Whatever your goals may be, make sure that they will lead to your ultimate success.

4. Schedule your time

Once you have set your goals, schedule your time accordingly so that you will give yourself the chance to achieve those goals. Scheduling your time for specific activities can help you to reduce the amount of unproductive time, and it will force you to decide what work is most important and worthy of your time. Without scheduling your time you’ll be more easily swayed by what you are feeling at the moment, and that may keep you from getting more important work done.

5. Use to-do lists

Personally, I have found that using a to-do list is one of the best things I can do for my productivity. Each day there are so many different things fighting for my time, but with a to-do list I always know what is most critical and what I need to get done first. If I get everything on my list done then I can move on to other things. I like to write out the list at the end of the night (making a list for the next day) or first thing in the morning before I start any work.

6. Focus on one project at a time

Most of us have ideas for more things than we can ever accomplish. It’s always tempting to start something new, but many times you will just be spreading yourself thin. Try to resist the urge to start something new until you have achieved some success with your current project(s). Be realistic with how much available time you have, and make sure you are giving yourself a chance for success at anything you attempt.

7. Get organized

For most of us, doing some of the day-to-day tasks of running an online business can become more time consuming than we would like. Usually some improved organization would help. Do you struggle with keeping track of income and expenses, managing your inbox, organizing your home office? Whatever areas are the most time-consuming for you, evaluate to see if there are areas for potential improvement in organization.

How Do You Prioritize Your Work?

What methods do you use to prioritize your work and keep yourself on the right track?

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