Updated: Aug 20
The Gentle Art of Prioritising in Business
Every now and then, we all need a breather, right? Recently, I had one of those rare "me-time" moments. As I curled up with a warm cuppa, I tuned into "The Diary of a CEO Podcast." Steven Bartlett and Marie Forleo's heartwarming conversation enveloped me.
If you fancy a calming, insightful listen, I recommend checking it out here. One gem from Marie stood out:
“If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority.”
It's like she read my thoughts.
In our ever-spinning world, I've observed that many of us, especially in the quieter moments, feel the weight of our to-do lists. The multiple roles, tasks, and the sheer amount of “shoulda, woulda, couldas” can be overwhelming!
Balancing the Many Hats
In the mosaic of daily life, we juggle many roles. From the passion-driven creator to the careful planner, the multitasking can blur the lines. And that's without factoring in personal roles, like being there for a friend, or simply being there for ourselves.
But if this is how you run your business day to day without a clear plan (strategy!) in the hope that it works out, no wonder it gets too much and the constant noise prevents purposeful action that gets you where you want to be!
Simple, Clear Goals Are the Way
When everything feels a whirlwind, returning to our goals can be the gentle anchor we need:
Income Goal: It isn’t about grand numbers. Rather, it’s about setting a target that harmonises with your lifestyle aspirations. What's enough to give you and your loved ones that comfortable, joy-filled life?
Creative Goal: This is where your heart sings. What lights up your spirit? Is it a new product design, an innovative service idea, or perhaps a unique approach to your craft?
Impact Goal: Think of the ripples you want to create in the pond of life. How do you hope to touch, inspire, or support those who encounter your business?
Breaking It Down: Small Steps, Big Changes
Taking our grand goals and breaking them down can simplify the journey:
Quarterly Milestones: Think of these as mini destinations, allowing you to review, recalibrate, and rejoice in your achievements.
Monthly Tasks: By focusing on smaller chunks, you can keep the momentum without the burnout. This also allows space for those spontaneous, magical moments.
Asking the Right Questions
Every time you're about to tackle a task, softly ask yourself: does this resonate with my goals? It's a gentle checkpoint, ensuring you're nurturing your vision while staying true to yourself.
The Journey, Not Just the Destination
Here's a gentle reminder: plans might wobble, detours may happen. And that's perfectly okay. These goals? They're there to light our path, even when the way gets a bit twisty.
Taking Moments for You
As you continue on your entrepreneurial journey, remember to steal moments for yourself. Whether it's indulging in a hobby, diving into a book, or simply sipping tea, these moments recharge and refocus you.
When the world feels a tad too loud, return to your gentle goals. Prioritise with compassion for yourself and clarity for your business. Embrace the journey, cherishing each delightful, thoughtful step.
Till our next heart-to-heart, wishing you moments of pure joy and stillness amidst the ever-evolving dance of life. 🌼🍃🌟
If you would benefit from support in setting your goals and prioritising the right activities to move you forward book in for a free discovery call to chat about how I can help!
About the Author
Hannah Roper is a dynamic entrepreneur, country music singer, festival founder, radio show host and the visionary behind The Female Creative—a vibrant community empowering small business owners and creatives. With over 9 years of experience running successful businesses and two decades in learning and development, Hannah offers valuable support, guiding women through entrepreneurship challenges.
Her approach helps individuals organise their mental to-do lists, empowering them to reach their full potential. As a survivor of domestic abuse, she underwent a transformative journey of self-discovery, developing a deep love for entrepreneurship.
Balancing The Female Creative, Country on The Coast Festival, and passion projects with her corporate career, Hannah exemplifies strategic thinking while maintaining a work-life balance. Honoured with the Pamodzi Inspirational Women Award and runner-up for Business Women of the Year 2022 Award, Hannah's impact on the business world is remarkable. Driven by her unwavering commitment to empowering women, Hannah Roper is a beacon of inspiration, providing clarity and support on entrepreneurial journeys. Her passion for helping women find work-life balance and succeed makes her a highly sought-after mentor and coach.
To find out more please visit www.thefemalecreative.co.uk