Productivity: How To Determine Your Big Rocks

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Do you feel like some days you can’t get it all done? You are booked solid, have employee and customer issues, and you have no time to complete the plans that are most important to you.

Why do successful people seem to get it all done? They have the same 24 hours a day you and I have right? My suggestion for you is to decide what your BIG ROCKS are. What are big rocks? Those are the items that are most important to you and you need to prioritize to be successful in business and life.

If I asked you to share your priorities right now, could you name them?

Here is an exercise you can do to regain focus on your priorities.

  • Write down all of your current commitments.
  • Is there a way to automate or delegate any of these responsibilities?
  • What is draining you emotionally that you would love to eliminate?
  • What gives you the energy that you can’t wait to do?
  • Are you able to connect your daily tasks to your core values?
  • Have you established daily habits around your commitments?
  • Are you reflecting regularly on your progress?
  • Do you have outside accountability for your stated commitments?
  • Where do you spend the majority of your money?
  • Where do you spend the lion’s share of your time?
  • Are you doing what only you can do?
  • Is every decision you make getting you closer to your goals?
  • What would your family say that your priorities are?
  • What are the Top 5 most essential things in your life today?

I remember the challenges I had of not being able to complete my big rocks.  I decided to attend a Franklin Covey course called Focus to help me better manage my time.  I realized it was not about managing my time, but instead managing my priorities.  If you allow yourself to sort all “the stuff” you have to do, you will never have time to do what is most important.  I am still challenged each day with “the stuff,’ but because I have a process to first prioritize the big rocks, I am able to complete my most important priorities.

In my humble opinion, if you don’t stop long enough to do this exercise, you may have your priorities misaligned. I am just saying.

 If you are struggling with all “the stuff” and working IN your business, instead of working ON your business, reach out to me. I understand the daily challenges you face when running your business. I have over 30 years of experience running 12 successful businesses. That is why I started the Ascend Mastermind because it is my mission to help business owners succeed in business and life.

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