Many of the successful individuals in my habit study blocked off chunks of time during their workday, typically in the morning, to pursue their goals for the day. In the afternoon, generally between the hours of 1pm – 6pm they responded to other peoples priorities. This afternoon chunk of time is when they read and responded to emails, listened to voicemail and then returned phone calls, tackled projects for customers, clients, business associates etc. They organized their day this way in order to give them focused time, each day, to pursue their goals and priorities.
There’s an important distinction between working on your business and working in your business. Dedicating time every morning to pursue your personal or business goals and priorities means you are working on your business. You are doing things that move you forward toward achieving your goals, not someone else’s goals. Working in the business means performing tasks that represent the goals and priorities of others. While it’s important to be responsive to the needs of others, especially if you are in the service business, it is more important to devote time every day to accomplishing those goals that will grow you as a person and that grow your business. In order to pursue your dream or goals, you need to block off part of your day and use that time to focus on those things that represent an investment in you or your business.