Sometimes when we have things we’d like to get done in our VA businesses, we get sidetracked.
You start out with good intentions.
You know it’s something important to finish.
But somehow things go wrong. You get overwhelmed with everything that’s involved or distracted with something else.
Here are my 5 best tips on how to get things done.
–1. Be really clear about the project you’d like to finish.
Make it something specific. For example, saying that you want to set up your virtual assistant business is too general. Choose one thing that will help you to make that happen. Let’s say that you’ve decided you want to create a website for your VA business. That would be a good, specific project.
–2. Know why the project is important.
Take a minute to define this. What will you gain by finishing this project? Write it down. Sometimes just seeing this on paper, and referring to it when you get distracted, will help you to keep moving forward.
In our “create a website” example, you might write down that you want to finish this project so that you have a home base online. Having a website will help people to find you, and get to know, like and trust you. It will be a place to make it clear the services that you offer and the people you help while showcasing your skills.
–3. What does “finished” look like to you?
This one is simple but important. You need to define your end result so that you know when you’ve completed the task. Your project needs a stop point. It could simply be that your website is fully complete with all pages finished, and the site is now live.
–4. Break it down.
The next tip is to list all of the tasks you’ll need to do in order to complete this project. Take some time and list every task involved in completing your project. The smaller you break down these things, the better.
If your goal was to create your website, some of those tasks might be to make a list of pages you need, outline each page, decide on colors and fonts, have a logo created, purchase a domain name and sign up for a hosting account.
–5. Schedule it.
This last tip, in my opinion, is the most important one of all. Now that you have your task list, assign a date to each to-do item. When scheduling, be realistic about the time it will take you to complete each task. Get it on your calendar, however that looks for you. You might schedule everything in Google calendar, write it into your daily planner or mark it out on a whiteboard calendar.
You can use and repeat this process for any project you’d like to complete in your business. It will help keep you on track and finish what you started.
Speaking of that, I’m hosting the Finish What You Started Challenge in the Marketing Mastermind for the month of March 2018. We’re going through these exact steps together as a group. Each group member is choosing a project they’d like to complete.
If you’d like help and support, and a chance to go through this process with me so that you can get things DONE in your VA business, join us!