Learn the skill of using urgency to get things done
Time is one of the most valuable resources we have, and mastering time management is crucial for every business owner. However, it’s not just a matter of juggling tasks and responsibilities, but also about prioritising them effectively. As a Business Coach, I’ve seen firsthand how the lack of a proper system to determine urgency can derail even the most well-intentioned plans.
One of the most effective tools for managing priorities is setting deadlines. While some may dread the pressure and stress that comes with them, I believe that deadlines can actually be a positive force. They create a sense of urgency that motivates us to take action and make progress toward our goals. In this article, we’ll explore the importance of deadlines and what can happen when we neglect to set them.
The importance of deadlines for motivation
When there’s no pressure, there’s no motivation. Many of us have been in situations where we procrastinate on important tasks because we feel like we have enough time. However, without the pressure of a deadline, we often end up not completing the task at all. Parkinson’s Law highlights the importance of deadlines – the time we allocate for a task is often the time it takes to complete it. If we don’t set a deadline, we risk never getting it done.
Understanding urgent vs. important tasks
To effectively manage your business demands, it’s essential to differentiate between urgent and important tasks. Urgent tasks require immediate attention, while important tasks add significant value to your company when completed. Some tasks may be both urgent and important, while others may be neither. When a new task arises, it’s crucial to determine whether it’s urgent, in which case you need to set a strict deadline, or important, in which case you still need to establish a timeline for completion, even if it’s not urgent.
Overcoming challenges in meeting self-imposed deadlines
A self-imposed deadline can be a challenge for many business owners, since there’s really no other person that they’re accountable to the outside of themselves, whereas when you know you run the risk of ruining a relationship with your boss, your co-workers, or a client, you’re willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish that task.
When you set a deadline for yourself, you need to create a sense of urgency. You can do that by outlining the different possible outcomes so that you’re reminding yourself of the importance of doing that thing right away. Celebrate small milestones as you move towards that goal, and imagine yourself getting a reward for each positive result that happens.
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