The Ignite Your Market Weekly Challenge’s goal is to create simple but powerful actions that you can do each week that will help you:
- Identify your market and opportunities.
- Connect with your client and prospects.
- Ignite your markets and your businesses.
THIS WEEK’S IGNITE YOUR MARKET CHALLENGE: SCHEDULE THE BIG ROCKS
Many small business owners and solopreneur are challenged to schedule their days to be truly productive. It is so easy to become distracted by emails, social media and day-to-day operation of our businesses. We focus on the perceived “urgent” work which holds us back from moving our businesses forward.
One of the most powerful productivity habits that I know was first captured by Steven Covey in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. That is Schedule the Rocks First!
The basic idea of Covey’s “Schedule the Rocks First!” concept is to think of your day as a large glass vase. If you fill your vase/day with little pebbles and tiny grains of sands (emails, social media, and reactive tasks) there is no room left for the Rocks (high priority tasks that move your business forward). It is almost impossible to squeeze Rocks into your vase once it is full of pebbles and sand.
What if you put the Rocks in first? What happens when you add the pebbles and the sand? What happens is that that pebbles and the sand start to fill in the spaces between the rocks and low and behold everything fits in the vase.
From personal experience, I’ve had weeks where I’ve focused on the pebbles and the sand and I haven’t had time for the Rocks. At the end of those weeks, I feel frustrated because I’m not achieving the results in my business that I know I can. I’ve also had weeks where I not only schedule the Rocks first, I also stick to my schedule, and those are the weeks that I create momentum in my business and I start to see the results I want.
This week’s Ignite Your Market Challenge is to schedule 1 to 2 Rocks per day that will move your business forward.
What business goals do you want to focus on that will really move your business forward? Pick 1 or 2 to work on this week, schedule time each day to work on them and stick to it. Use the Power Hour process to get the most out of your time.