Habit 3: Put first things first.
Once you realize that each decision is your choice and you’ve done the work to define your end, you are ready to put first things first to get to where you want to be. Simply put: What tasks should shoot to the top of your list? For me, putting first things first meant building a firm made up of ideal clients who follow our defined (and non-negotiable) business model. This was the only way to operate efficiently and profitably, and ultimately grow. It’s a matter of deciding what your first things are and then making them happen.
Developing great habits is the foundation for getting better every day. Without a framework for improvement, it’s difficult to see what changes are required and where to begin. Starting with this trio of habits will help you envision your roadmap for change and keep you accountable to act on it.
The fact is, we are living in an era of epic change, from technology innovations to clients and staff expectations on how they want to work — remote, on-demand, modern, from any device. And with great change comes both opportunity and disruption. By implementing change now, by making your business better every day, you can quell the disruption and harness the opportunities that await. Getting better every day helps you build a modern firm — one that takes advantage of exciting new technology to operate at peak efficiency, that allows you to jump on the small-business advisory services bandwagon, and minimizes the drudgery of tax season.
There’s never been a better time to shed the dogma of the past … to avoid living with the results of other people’s thinking. It’s time to get to something better, to get better every day. It really is your choice!