3 ways to prioritise tasks to get more done


3 ways to prioritise tasks to get more done


As a baking business owner or a baking blogger, you’ve got a pretty full plate.

You’re average week probably includes baking and delivering cakes for orders, testing new recipes and decorating techniques, marketing your business on social media, keeping your blog or website up to date, sending your email newsletter to name a few.

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My time at university was brilliant, but man was it a juggling act. I had a weekend job at a local tea room, was the president of the Bake Society for a year, launched and grew Knead to Dough, and studied a degree course full time. Now, I’m balancing Knead to Dough with my full time job as a magazine journalist and family time.

I spent a lot of time writing lists, re-writing lists when my circumstances changed, getting up early and staying up late to get everything on that list ticked off. I love what I do, so it was worth it, but I have learned from the experience and I whole heartedly believe following your dreams and running a baking business does not mean you have to be busy all the time!

So I’ve gathered my favourite time-saving tips to help you and your baking biz be more efficient. I’m going to show you 3 ways to prioritise your tasks to get more done – and to do it well.

We will be prioritising based on the results each task has for your cake blog or biz and where your talents lie.

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Batch tasks

Batching tasks simply means doing similar tasks all together in one go. The reason it makes sense to put similar tasks together in a block is that you’re already in the mindset to get them done, so you work more efficiently.

Let me give you an example.

If you need to make multiple cake toppers for various orders, try sitting down and making them all together. You’ll be in the modelling zone, have all your tools and ingredients out ready. This means you’ll be able to make them all in less time because you’re not having to settle into the task or get set up multiple times.

For Knead to Dough, I tend to set aside a day to test several new recipes. In the morning I’ll work my way through baking and tweaking them. Once I’ve perfected my recipes and am happy with the finished bakes, I get set up for photographing them and spend the afternoon getting the images to accompany my new recipe blog posts.

This saves me time in so many ways. I’m in the right mindset for each task so I can work more quickly. I only have to get set up once, whether that’s waiting for the oven to heat up, or prepping my front room for a photography session.

Batching tasks saves you time. It’s up to you what you do with your new free time as a result – whether that’s taking on an extra order per week to increase your income, or spending more time with your family.

 

Outsource

I know what you’re thinking – you’re running your own baking business or blog to make money, not to fork out money to someone else.

I get it, I do. As a student I was reluctant to spend money on Knead to Dough when I didn’t need to, so it took me 9 months before I moved my website to self-hosted (and caused me a lot of hassle as a result!).

Outsourcing, just like hosting my blog with a paid-for service, doesn’t have to cost you very much at all. As long as you choose what you outsource and who you outsource it too carefully, it should be well worth the investment.

You started a baking biz because you love to make cakes, see happy customers, and be your own boss. Maybe you’ve even got your own bricks-and-mortar bakery.

You didn’t start it to become an accountant, email marketer, or delivery service. If you’re happy to take on these tasks and learn the skills involved, that’s fantastic!

But you don’t have to.

If social media strategy isn’t your thing and you don’t want to take an e-course to learn, outsource to a virtual assistant. This is someone who will work remotely for you completing the tasks you require, be it on social media, email newsletters, or more.

It’s important to play to your strengths. If you’re brilliant at juggling many skill sets and relish the chance to learn, keep going! But if you don’t want to or don’t have the time to, outsource to someone else for a few hours per week. It doesn’t have to cost you the earth and again, it frees up time for you to spend with your family, hobbies, or making more cakes.

Prioritise tasks that you do well. Outsource others to people who can do them better to bring you results (it doesn’t have to cost you the moon!).

 

What tasks bring the best returns?

When you’re running your own baking blog or biz, you’ll hear advice from left, right, and centre that doing a hundred different things are necessary for your success.

You need to prioritise tasks to get more done. If you try to carry out all of the 100 suggestions right off the bat, you’ll stretch yourself thin, do a half-hearted job for each, and probably burn yourself out in the process.

I’m all about you being in love with your business or blog, that’s why you started it in the first place, right?

So to avoid falling out of love with cakes, let’s prioritise.

Go through the list of tasks you’ve got that you think or have been told are necessary for growing your baking biz or blog.

Which ones are bringing you returns right now? Whether they are financial returns in more cake orders, or returns like getting more traffic from your efforts blogging and on social media, they matter.

These are the tasks you should prioritise and keep doing.

The tasks that aren’t bringing you results can be put to one side for now. Once you’ve mastered the tasks that are helping your baking blog or biz right now, you can come back to these.

It might be that you need to stick at them for longer to start making a difference, so you can work on these later. The alternative option is that they might not be necessary for your success. There’s no one-size-fits-all for blogs and businesses, so just because someone else finds a task essential, don’t feel it has to be for you too if it consistently isn’t bringing you results.

Congrats! You’ve just learned how to prioritise tasks to get more done. You’re already on your way to a more efficient, profitable, and enjoyable baking business. Put them into action and see what difference it makes for you.

I’ve added a special time management worksheet just for you to the Knead to Dough Resource Library, click the button below for your copy and many more printables, e-guides, and checklists to grow your baking blog + biz.

FREE Resource Library for your Baking Blog and Cake Biz! Packed full of downloadable PDFs, checklists, and guides these resources will up your social media and blogging game to grow your blog or biz - Knead to Dough

 

The take-aways?

  • Batch your tasks to do more in less time
  • Outsource where necessary
  • Prioritise tasks based on the return they bring

How do you prioritise tasks to get more done? Share this post with your baking friends to make their day a little easier!

Happy blogging

Lauren x

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