Manage competing priorities

How to manage competing priorities in self-employment or small business

The things that we value most in life are always the easiest to prioritize.

In self-employment and small business though, often the business tasks don’t feature among our highest values.

How do you deal with that?

How can you tell when you have competing priorities?

  • You will always act in accordance with your highest values.
  • If growing your business isn’t in your top 3 values, you may struggle with getting things done and will need additional structures to help you be more business like.
  • Your inner most dominant thoughts and feelings are usually related to your highest values or what you perceive should be your priorities and social expectations. This is what sets up the competition in priorities.
  • Dr John Demartini states “the hierarchy of your values determines your destiny”. Yes that’s how important knowing your values is going to be in mastering self employment.
  • You don’t have to set a goal around your top values. You will do those anyway they become your top priorities even though you may say it is something else.

If growing your business isn’t in your top 3 values, you may need additional structures to be more ‘business like’. Click to Tweet this.

Some simple strategies to manage competing priorities in small business

  • Understand your top values, and know the order and hierarchy of these values. Reflect on whether these values support self employment mastery.
  • Set up structures in your daily life that will support you to grow your business. The more you are reminded of why you are self employed and the benefits, the more enthused and motivated you stay. You have to become your biggest cheerleader.
  • Be in integrity at every moment, do what you say you are going to do. Consistently.
  • Engage a coach or mentor. Find a commitment buddy. Join a mastermind group. Complete a daily commitment sheet. All of these will help ensure your actions align with your goals.
  • At the end of each day ask yourself, “What have I done today that brings me closer to what I want?”

Do your top values support growth in your business? If not, what structures have you or can you put in place to compensate? Share your answers in the comments section below.

About the Author Brett Jarman

I've been self-employed since I was 19​ (and that was quite some time ago) and have owned manufacturing, service and consulting businesses ever since. Every business goes through stages and each stage in each business needs a different strategy to flourish and prosper. I can teach you about the stages and the strategies to shortcut your success.

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