I’ve recently noticed a challenge that I constantly struggle with – maintaining focus on core processes. We talk a lot in our seminars, virtual programs, videos, and in real life about the importance of process. The reason process is so important is that it forms positive habits in our businesses and lives. The challenge becomes which process to implement first, and how to focus on it long enough to make it stick. With me, the day starts early and quickly gets busy with all kinds of things not on my ‘to-do’ list. How do I manage those important things that need focus and can quickly get lost in the daily chaos? I use a ‘core to-do list’. On this list are 5 core things that need to be focused on each day so that business can operate and grow. Here’s my current list:
- Make money
- Build network
- Business fundamentals
Notice they aren’t numbered. The temptation is to number a list and subconsciously assign a priority. With my core list I don’t want a priority. It’s a list of those things important to running and growing a successful business. They are all just as important. My daily list is numbered because there is only so much time in a day and we must prioritize if anything is to get done. My daily list is prioritized based on my core list. Those items that affect this core list get higher priority than other items.
When I start to get bogged down in the daily slog and find myself wandering in and out of tasks, pull up my core list and refocus.
My suggestion to you is to create a core list that everyone can agree on for your business. It can be as few as two items or as many as five. Focus on those things that are most important for your business to thrive. Here’s what I might suggest:
Give it some thought, post it, and remind everyone every day!