Get sequencing wrong and you’ll spend years doing a lot and accomplishing little.
When you were in school, the teacher taught you addition before division.
Sequencing is all about getting the order right.
An architect doesn’t start construction before finishing the blue prints.
In life there’s no teacher telling you “focus on this before that.”
You are in charge of sequencing what’s next.
If you don’t want to wait a long time to get what you want out of life, you want to sequence things effectively.
There is a pre-requisite to being able to sequence things effectively. Clarity.
You need to know or at least have an idea of what you want out of life. You don’t need to have the whole thing figure out but having clarity of the general direction is key.
Here’s how I sequence what’s next in my business. You can use the same process to sequence things in your life.
- 1. I take a look at my vision for where I want to take my business in the next 1-5 years.
- 2. I then look at the yearly, quarterly and monthly targets that I need to hit to bring me closer to that vision. These could be revenue goals, projects that need to get done, people that need to be hired, etc.
- 3. Then I sit down with a note pad, assess where I am today in relation to those targets, and figure out what needs to happen to hit them.
- 4. Once I am clear on that, I identify the ONE thing I need to focus on that’s going to have the GREATEST impact and move me closer to those targets. Not something that “needs” to get done. The ONE thing that will have the GREATEST impact. I emphasize this point because this is where a lot of people screw up sequencing.
- 5. Once I am clear on what that thing is, I go to work on that thing until it’s done.
Then I asses what’s on my radar, rinse and repeat.
It’s easy to mistake business for progress.
Get sequencing right and you’ll speed up how fast you start seeing your vision become reality.