Every Business Owner wants to make a profit (unless you’re a not for profit organisation or charity), that’s why you are an Entrepreneur.
How many assignments, goals or tasks do you start and never finish, or delay starting that could increase your profits?
The truth is that starting a new assignment is easy, finishing them is a very different story; look at the number of unfinished tasks and assignments cluttering up your to-do list.
Unfinished tasks hinder your progress, drain resources and, they cost you money.
Does that sound familiar?
Why do We Leave Assignments Unfinished?
Most of us, (and I include myself) are easily distracted. We are world class at doing the easy stuff, and second class at doing the hard stuff, and it’s the hard stuff that generally brings in the money.
The aim is honourable, yet the reality is much different. You kick off with the intention of completing, and then boom….a distraction….a thought…..a must do….
Ending the distractions and staying on track to complete the task is a tough call, yet it’s easily fixed.
Learn the three most common mistakes that will leave you frustrated and with a long list of unfinished tasks.
Mistake #1: Fuelling the To-Do List
The to-do list is a tool that was designed to save you time.
In that case, why do more and more Business Owners complain that their to-do list keeps growing and that they have less and less time?
The answer is in the amount of time spent filling the to-do list with random unrelated tasks that serve little or no purpose, other than to make you look important and busy.
The truth is that maintaining the to-do list is a sure sign that you are living on someone else’s agenda, rather that you own.
Mistake #2: No Next Steps (The Anti-climax)
You have just completed a major assignment and then it kicks in...the feeling of anti-climax.
Have you ever been there before?
Why? Because you didn’t plan a real next step and the questions and soul-searching starts:
What do I do now?
How can anything compare with that last project…….?
The reality is that every task or goal must have a follow-on action or next step to avoid the feeling of anti-climax
Mistake #3: Having Goals Without a Purpose.
Often the goal you are set is for someone else and it is a golden rule of achievement, that a goal must be self-initiated and for you and you alone.
The sales target for the sales manager, the project for a client and the accounts for the Head of Finance are all common business goals with one massive problem.
They aren’t your goals.
The big problem is how do you achieve your goals when they are for someone else?
The answer is… flip it around, internalise it and make it your own. In other words what will you get from it when you achieve it?
The Bottom Line
The reality is that a full to-do list isn’t going to help you achieve your goals.
Why? Because there is no relationship between the to do list and your goals; the to-do list is just noise and the result will be a to-do list cluttered with unfinished tasks and underachieved goals.
If you really want to achieve your goals, then change the way you view your to-do list and rely more on your goals to drive the actions that will keep you on track, and trust in the process.
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