tired of putting your most important work off for "another time"? try this simple trick

Earlier this month, I did a coaching session with a wonderful business owner where we focused entirely on her schedule. Our goal was to design a schedule that would help her get to her top priorities, namely the projects she knew were key to growing her business but just wasn’t making time to do. (I suspect you have these too.)

The schedule we mapped out was solid. It was structured. It included plenty of time blocks for her to focus on the growth-oriented projects in her business right now.

But we both knew her biggest challenge would be sticking with that schedule. After all, I can help my clients carve out specific time for their big picture projects but if they don’t protect it and commit to using it, they won’t make any more progress than they’re making now. 

Fortunately, there’s a trick that will help you commit. You need to stop thinking about the time you’ve set aside for your own projects as merely a priority and start thinking of it as a non-negotiable part of your week. 

What’s the difference? It’s subtle, but key.

A priority is something that you’ve identified as important. But if you’re being honest, it’s also something you can move around – something you can delay for another day when something seemingly urgent comes up. 

In the context of your business, this is why you might block out time in your schedule to work on a big picture project or revenue-generating idea then find yourself pushing that task to the next day’s to do list again, and again, and again.  

When you make that time in your calendar non-negotiable, you commit to making it happen no matter what. You protect that time. You say no to other opportunities and obligations. You remove distractions. You get creative and make it work. 

Bottom line: you can prioritize your big picture work or you can make it a non-negotiable part of your week. When you do that, you’ll see progress, and you’ll definitely see growth. 

With love,

Ashley