Got too many projects to do this month?

As we head into the first full week of February, you’re probably staring down a new list of goals you want to reach and projects you want to tackle. As an ambitious woman running your own business, you don’t have trouble finding things to do. 

Your challenge is figuring out which of those many goals and projects to focus on first.

I’m familiar with this challenge because I’ve lived it – and because I walk clients through it all the time. So I get that, on the surface level, it probably doesn’t seem like a big deal. 

But it actually is because when you don’t know which project or goal to focus on, it’s easy to go into overwhelm or get stuck in analysis paralysis. 

I see this playing out in a couple of ways for my clients. Some women fend off the overwhelm by turning to busy work like answering emails. (This was me not so long ago.) Tackling small tasks helps them feel productive even though they aren’t getting to the important projects – the ones that will actually make a difference in their bottom line and, very likely, their quality of life.

Other women spend all their time weighing their options, researching strategies and seeking advice that will help them figure out the VERY BEST project to focus on. They get stuck analyzing the best path forward and never actually take action. 

Either way, there’s an easy solution so you don’t end up in the same boat. You just need to have a simple process you can use to figure out which goal or project to focus on first. Fortunately, I have that for you.

Here’s what you’re going to do: when you’re facing a big list of projects or goals and don’t know where to start, you need to ask yourself two questions. These questions will help you evaluate your options and prioritize the most important project or goal from a list of many choices.

First, I want you to look at your list and ask yourself which of these projects is the most logical one to prioritize right now? Generally, the most logical project is the one that’s tied to a firm deadline or a season (like a spring launch). It’s the one that would mean missing a great opportunity for growth if you don’t get it done in a certain timeframe or the one that has to get done before everything else on your list can happen – think of it like a domino effect. 

If that question doesn’t uncover a clear answer for you, I want you to ask yourself which project would energize me right now? This question gets you thinking about projects that excite you – ones that feel light vs. heavy to work on. And it helps you tap into intuition because, in all honesty, you probably already know where you want to focus. You just need to give yourself permission to do so. 

These questions will absolutely help you decide where to focus. But sometimes I know you’d like a little accountability to help you maintain that focus this month. 

So after you’ve done this exercise, I’m inviting you to comment below and tell me the project or goal you’re going to focus on first this month. Simply doing that will provide you with accountability. BUT don’t be surprised if you hear from me personally with a quick check-in later in the month – just to see how things are going.

With love,

Ashley