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How Many Hats Are You Wearing?


When I was writing this post I myself thought about how many hats I wear. Like in total and my friend it's a lot. I wear a lot of hats and carry a lot of titles. My little brother is expecting his first child this September and I can't be more excited. Being an Auntie is serious business. Well, his girlfriend wanted some invitations and she couldn't really find anything she loved so guess what I did?... I put on my sister, auntie, and Canva hat on and designed her invitations. They came out amazing but it just dawned on me that this is three hats already, we've not gotten into the author, coach, mom, wife, daughter, virtual assistant, business manager, project manager, designer, friend... the list can go on but that's enough about me for now.


Now to you, wearing many hats is inevitable. As a small business owner, you will wear many, many hats.


Marketing manager.

Bookkeeper.

Content developer.

Coach.

Technical support staff.


But while this type of task juggling is to be expected, you have to be aware that not all of your hats are created equal. Marketing outweighs bookkeeping, for example, because without marketing, there will be no cash to manage.


Not only that, but you have to consider how much time you’re spending in each area as well. If you spend all day tweaking the design on your website and put off sending an email to your list, what have you gained?


Sure, you might have a prettier website, but you lost an opportunity to drive traffic to your offer.


In an ideal world, you’d simply put on your CEO hat and delegate the rest, but here in the real world, we don’t always have that option. Instead, we have to work smarter and take care of how we’re spending our time.


Here's what I will say about that:


Prioritize Your Daily Tasks


We all have different skills and sweet spots when it comes to the tasks we want and need to do. You might love customer support and hate bookkeeping, while someone else enjoys the numbers game and doesn’t like dealing with the help desk. But regardless of your personal preferences, one thing is certain: money-making tasks should be at the very top of your to-do list.


That might mean product creation, email marketing, client outreach, webinar development, or something entirely different. Identify those money-making tasks in your business and be sure to prioritize them every single day.


Know the Difference Between Important and Urgent


This one is so important. In his classic book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey recommends prioritizing tasks based on a time-management grid. Every task is assigned to a quadrant of the grid, based on whether it is urgent, important, both, or neither.


Once you know where a task falls on the grid, you’ll immediately know what you should be working on. For example, marketing and planning are important but not urgent. A ringing phone is urgent, but not important. The sales page for your new program, which is launching tomorrow, is both urgent AND important.


So before you prioritize your daily to-do list, think about where each of your tasks falls in the quadrant, and schedule them accordingly.


Will you always be working on the best task for right now? Probably not. Nor will you always use your time as wisely as you could. But by making a conscious effort to organize and prioritize your days, you’ll find it’s a lot less stressful and overwhelming to manage your small business.


When I first quit my job to write full time it was important for me to prioritize my time. Even though I was no longer working my job was now to use my time to write. I set business hours and scheduled my writing time, my content time, and everything in between. Because if I didn't manage my time, I would be on my way back to work for someone else and I didn't want that for me anymore. It's all in the seconds. How are you spending yours?




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