Are you completing the right tasks on your to-do list?

I have just finished listening to a thoughtful podcast. I regularly listen to the Entrepreneur on Fire Podcast. It’s an inspiring and uplifting podcast for any small business owner or entrepreneur.


On todays episode John Lee Dumas was interviewing Rory Vaden. I know of Rory as he won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking a few yeas ago. But that was not the subject of todays interview. Rory was on the podcast to promote his new book. On of the ideas he shared related to prioritising or work/to-do list.


As a small business owner overwhelm and “constant running” is a common sensation. There are always things that need to be, things that need to get finished, and no one else to do it!


Rory pointed out that many of us have been consciously or unconsciously following Dr Stephen Coveys prioritisation model to select the next task on our to-do list. We select the task that is the most important and most urgent.


This leads to the constant feeling of fighting fires. Completing the most pressing tasks. Tasks that are often repeated on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. They are not “strategic” tasks or projects might not provide immediate benefit – but will buy us the most important asset in the medium/long term – time!


Is your to-do list filled with important or urgent tasks that will not provide you long-term strategic benefit?


During the interview Rory shares that we need to give ourselves permission to forgo the immediate tasks that scream urgency and importance to work on the tasks and projects that will provide long-term benefit.


Will you give yourself permission to re-evaluate your to do list? Add an extra dimension of strategic gain when you select what is the next item for you to tackle on your tackle on your to-do list.


If Webinars or Public Speaking is on your to-do list Contact Mark. Together we can setup and deliver a pitch that will help you grow your business and free your time.


You can access the EOFire Podcast with Rory Vaden  here

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Mark Kyte

Mark Kyte is a public speaking mentor and founder of the Public Speaking Skills Academy. Mark loves helping clients achieve dynamic results that help them increase their influence and get more clients. Read more of his blog and if you like what you see check out the mentoring programs.