How Many Hats Are You Wearing?
It’s inevitable. As an Avon Beauty Boss, you will wear many, many hats.
- Recruiter / Prospector
- Marketing Manager
- Brochure Labeler
- Social Media Content Developer
- Technical Support Staff.
But while this type of task juggling is to be expected, you have to be aware that not all of your hats are created equal. Marketing outweighs bookkeeping, for example, because without marketing, there will be no cash to manage.
Not only that, but you have to consider how much time you’re spending in each area as well.
If you spend all day tweaking videos or images for your social media posts, and put off following up with everyone you gave a brochure to, what have you gained?
Sure, you might have a nicer Facebook page, but you lost an opportunity to actually get customer orders.
In an ideal world, you’d simply put on your CEO hat and delegate the rest, but here in the real world, we don’t always have that option. Instead, we have to work smarter, and take care how we’re spending our time.
Prioritize Your Daily Tasks
We all have different skills and sweet spots when it comes to the tasks we want and need to do.
You might love customer support and hate bookkeeping, while someone else enjoys the numbers game and doesn’t like dealing with the help desk.
But regardless of your personal preferences, one thing is certain: money-making tasks should be at the very top of your to-do list.
That means the Avon basics: Getting either a Paper Brochure or Digital Brochure into everyone’s hands so they can browse and shop, and following up on everyone you gave a brochure to. Also critical, is prospecting for new customers and recruits. And of course, if you’re working a face-to-face business, you’ll also need to do timely deliveries.
These are the money-making tasks in your business and so you’ll want to be sure to prioritize them every single day . We have systems to help you do this.
Know the Difference Between Important and Urgent
In his classic book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey recommends prioritizing tasks based on a time-management grid. Every task is assigned to a quadrant of the grid, based on whether it is urgent, important, both, or neither.
Once you know where a task falls on the grid, you’ll immediately know what you should be working on. For example, marketing and planning are important but not urgent. A ringing phone is urgent but may or may not be important.
The Avon Order that you’re placing tomorrow is both urgent AND important! That would be your top priority to get all your follow-ups done so that you can get as many orders in as possible and make money!
So, before you prioritize your daily to-do list, think about where each of your tasks falls in the quadrant, and schedule them accordingly.
Will you always be working on the best task for right now? Probably not. Nor will you always use your time as wisely as you could.
But by making a conscious effort to organize and prioritize your days, you’ll find it’s a lot less stressful and overwhelming to manage your Avon business.
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By Lynn Huber
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