Day in and day out, work is laid before us. Some of it easy and some of it difficult. Some fun and some miserable, but despite what the work is there is always work to do be done. Especially with startups, there is a lot of work to be done to get our companies up and off the ground. The question we need to be asking ourselves is “What is actually important?”. Part of that question we know has to do with prioritization.
I am sure you have heard lots about it, but how many of us actually do it? I know that I have a hard time prioritizing and I am working on it. In Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision & Reality, Scott Belsky points out that we are limited on time, but we are also limited on energy. Energy is the word that caught my eye. We all know that we have 24 hours in a day and we have to sleep at some point, but how much energy do we have?
Energy is a resource that is most precious to us, and some tasks require more than others. As I stated earlier, there are tasks that we like and tasks we dread. These dreadful tasks tax our energy resource far more than the ones that we enjoy. However these tasks have to get done. That is where organization and prioritization come in. We cannot simply work on the tasks we like to do, otherwise our businesses will struggle or die.
Making a list of what needs to be done and knowing what is going to zap your energy, you can prepare yourself to battle it. Schedule your day out when you are most productive to do miserable tasks, because you know you are willing to exert energy then. More enjoyable tasks require less energy so do those when you are tired.
Doing the hard work is still not easy, so we need to motivate ourselves to get it done. Forbes wrote an article and in it they said that you need to revisit our motivation for doing the work. That advice is wonderful because it helps us to really see what is going to make our business rise to fulfillment and drive us.
Taking time at the start of a day to sit down and look at what all you need to do is a great first step. According to Bakadesuyo, “Energy, not time is the fundamental currency of high performance.” which means that when you are sitting down and organizing, stay focused on the tasks that will take up your energy and need the most energy. You can rank them in order of energy.
There is no clear path as we are all different. That is why knowing yourself is such an important part of building a business. From The Book of Life , they write “Knowing yourself has extraordinary prestige in our culture. It has been framed as quite literally the meaning of life.” which can be in more than just business. However, I think that in business, if you do not know yourself well, you will not succeed. You will mismanage what work affects you negatively and you will drive your dreams into the ground.
Energy is one of the key factors to our success in business so be sure to schedule it well. Enjoy your work and when the work gets hard know that your dream is on the other side of it!
- “Self-Knowledge Archives.” The Book of Life, http://www.theschooloflife.com/thebookoflife/category/self/self-knowledge/.
- Landrum, Sarah. “How To Motivate Yourself To Power Through Tasks You Don’t Want To Do.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 29 July 2016, http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahlandrum/2016/07/25/how-to-motivate-yourself-to-power-through-tasks-you-dont-want-to-do/#5f3dd12d6163.
- “Time Management Skills Are Stupid. Here’s What Works.” Barking Up The Wrong Tree, 3 Feb. 2015, http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2013/09/time-management-skills/.
- Belsky, Scott. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles between Vision and Reality. Portfolio/Penguin, 2012.