How to Decide Which Tasks Are Most Important

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Not All Tasks Are Made Equal

By now you should have tasks for all of your projects. And as you review them, you can’t help but feel a little overwhelm.

You might be thinking, how can I possibly complete all these tasks? It would take an enormous amount of time. And besides, even if you complete them all, is it guaranteed that you would achieve your goals?

Before you let that feeling overwhelms you, take a step back and relax. You don’t have to do it all.

Here’s why.

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What You Do Daily

Daily Tasks

There are tasks that you do every day. These include getting something to eat, taking a shower, brushing your teeth, for example.

You do them every day. Whether you are happy, tired, angry.

These, you might say, are already part of your daily routine. It would be unthinkable to not brush your teeth or take a shower. Likewise, just because you ate yesterday doesn’t mean you don’t need to eat today.

However, are there tasks that you make it a point to do it every day?

If you answered yes, good. Let’s review them. If you, however, answered no, then better! You now get a chance to identify these.

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The Real Benefit of a Process

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What You Are Doing

Edwards Deming said:

If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.

As a systems consultant, I understand this perfectly.

Documenting what you are doing in the form of a process has its benefits. But its not what you think.

Document As A Process

I have previously written about the process of putting up a post. I have also written about managing your process for turning ideas into value.

Apart from the benefits of describing (or documenting) what you do as a process, the real benefit is this:

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Should You Do It? Try This

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Only You

As a small business owner, I wear many hats. But I am also acutely aware that there are some tasks that only I can perform. Not making that distinction is one reason why I’m facing burned out after several years in the business.

I had to literally be involved in business development, serving clients, invoicing, keeping accounts, creating brochures.

And some tasks were taking way too much of my time that I dropped the important balls.

If you are in a similar situation, then you’d need to do this.
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How To Use the ‘AIM’ Approach to Manage Your Projects

Did It Happen Or Did You Make It Happen

Do you make things happen today or things just happened to you today?

Like most readers of my post, you are likely the type that make things happen.

Question is, how do you make it happen? What’s the system you use to make things happen?

I use an adapted version of the Rapid Planning Method by Tony Robbins in managing projects in the personal, people, and professional life.

Here’s how it works.
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The Amazingly Simple Step To Achieve Your Goals

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What To Do When You Are Absolutely Overwhelmed

Let’s face it. We all get overwhelmed looking at all the tasks we have to complete.

To make matters worse, we sometimes keep tasks that must be completed in our head. If you’re still keeping it in your head, please do yourself a favor and do this right away.

The Amazingly Simple Step

Once you have identified the projects in your personal, people, and professional life, the next step is amazingly simple.

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Let's Get Down To Work

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Wearing Many Hats

As a small business owner, I can’t help but have to wear many hats at work. I am in charged of business development, marketing, social media, content creation, servicing the clients, and the list goes on.

Sometimes, when work gets busy I do feel a little overwhelmed. Frankly, I’d drop some balls and sometimes I don’t even have time to get back on track. Which sucked.

Let me show you how I get down to work.
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Sharpen The Axe

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Take Care Of Yourself

The number rule in designing a better life is to first take care of yourself. This is not about being selfish or self-centered.

It is about taking care of yourself so that you can take care of others.

Abraham Lincoln famously said:

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

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