6 Steps to Prioritize Tasks & Avoid Overwhelm After an Event

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Why do you go to an event?

Seriously, think about it for a second.

If you’re like me, you can come up with lots of great, valid reasons.

  • To learn
  • To network
  • To find out what’s working for other people in your industry
  • To renew your enthusiasm for what you do

When you break it down, all those outcomes have one common end result…

To come back a changed person from who you were before.

Right?

If you come back and resume doing everything the exact same afterward, what’s the point of going?

That’s why today’s blog is designed to help you make the most of your event-going experiences. I’m sharing 6 Steps to Prioritize Tasks & Avoid Overwhelm After an Event.

Whether you’re headed to WiRE, Shift!, Summit, Sales Edge, Marketing Edge or another event, make sure to put these steps into practice.

Let’s get started!

Post-Event Step 1: Solidify Your Networking Efforts

When you were at the event, there’s a good chance you accumulated a big stack of business cards from people you met.

Instead of just sticking them in a drawer (like most people), try this:

Send each of those people a private, personalized BombBomb video to cement your relationship.

Relationships matter, and taking an hour or two to create a bunch of quick videos will do wonders for your referrals and connections you forged.

Post-Event Step 2: Review Your Business Plan

Immediately after attending an event, it’s time to take stock of your business plan within the new context of what you just learned.

This DOESN’T mean you need to blow up your existing plan entirely and start over from scratch.

It DOES mean…

  • Identifying holes where little adjustments can create a big result
  • Making sure you have a Wildly Important Goal (WIG) and that your efforts are working toward it
  • Revisiting your KPIs and how you’re tracking and scoreboarding them

Post-Event Step 3: Categorize Your Ideas

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for people after attending an event (well, a good event, anyway) is that they have so much new information swirling around their head, they don’t know how or where to start implementing it. They’re overwhelmed.

Here’s what will help… Slot all the ideas you returned home with into these five categories:

  • Moneymakers – Immediately implementable strategies that will impact your bottom line
  • Organizers – Things to help you streamline your processes and work more efficiently
  • People – Personnel you need on your team (Whether contract, freelance, part-time, full-time, etc.)
  • Tech – Technology that can make your life and business easier
  • Big Ideas – Long-term visions for where you want to take your business

Once you’ve categorized the ideas, work with your coach or an advisor based on those ideas that match your HBUT (highest and best use of time).

If you get stuck, ask yourself questions like “Which idea will give me the greatest leverage?” or “Which of these ideas is likely to create the best ROI?” Then do that one.

Post-Event Step 4: Adjust Schedule & Checklists

Based on which ideas you choose to implement first, adjust your daily and weekly schedule and checklists to include action items geared toward achieving the new objective. Make sure the actions you build into your schedule are daily disciplines that will create the results you desire.

Post-Event Step 5: Create Your Idea “Waiting List”

The next step is designed to make sure you don’t forget about all the ideas that you chose NOT to implement immediately.

Are you willing to rely on your memory to get to these ideas “one day”?

I hope not. The most productive people on the planet take all of their ideas and put them into a centralized system so they can execute on them. So that’s what I want you to do next.

Slot all of your ideas into a DO / DOING / DONE board like the one in illūm or one you create yourself. To start, many of them will go into the “Do” category and a few into “Doing.” As you begin to make progress, move projects from “Do” into “Doing” and so on!

Post-Event Step 6: Create Dedicated “Project Time”

The only way new initiatives take hold and become effective is if you put in the work to make them successful.

That’s why it’s critical that you devote sufficient time to seeing them through and evaluating their progress.

How do you do that? You need to put it in your schedule.

I suggest reserving 2-3 hours every week for dedicated “project time” (or a more creative name you come up with).

This is time where you can clear away all the other distractions and – together with your assistant – really focus on your projects. This is time spent working “on” your business as opposed to “in” it.

Personally, I schedule blocks on my calendar called “Level 10 Coaching” where I can work on putting new ideas into action, adding to our offerings and generally living up to the standard of “constant and never-ending improvement.”

Choose your “project time” carefully. You don’t want it to interfere with important daily disciplines, but you also want to be sharp and fully engaged when implementing new ideas. Look for a time of the week that is traditionally “slower” for you when you know you can bring energy and enthusiasm to these important projects.

Now that your post-event strategy is ironed out, what’s your 2019 event plan? Here’s our up-to-the-minute 2019 Events Checklist you can download to help you determine when and where you’ll take your business to new heights in 2019.

Be sure to bookmark this page and revisit it before your next event! Also, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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