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How to Order your day

Charles Schwab who owns the famous investment company which bears his name, tells a story he had with a mentor. Mr. Schwab asked the mentor to tell him how to be more productive.  Rather than scheduling a mentoring session, the advisor simply told him, “Mr. Schwab, I will give you one piece of advice, and if you think it is worth anything, you can pay me $10,000.” Charles agreed.
One week later, Charles wrote the advisor a check for $10,000. What do you think his advice was?  When I first heard this story, I really thought that the secret was stocks. Or maybe some other investment strategy, like buying up precious metals.
No, the secret that Charles Schwab received is so brain dead simple, that I don’t think he would have even looked at it twice if the advisor had not designated a value to it.
It really is that simple.
And that profound.
In fact, it is so profitable, I would attach a million dollars to it’s worth.
So what was the advice?
I almost hesitate to tell you lest you find it too elementary.
Write down the three most important things you need to do today.
Gah! Is that it? Is that really it? Yup. In fact, chances are, you have probably heard this same story, or a version of it, at least once before now.
We all know this is good advice. Why isn’t it working for us?
Here’s a story that describes our problem:

Whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

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How to Motivate Yourself

One of the fundamental problems with procrastination is, you generally don’t have anyone alongside of you grinding their spur in your side; you have to get yourownself going.

Most procrastinators I know of are people who don’t govern themselves well, and resent others trying to.

But not all unmotivated people are procrastinators. If you generally DO complete your tasks on time, but are having trouble in one certain area, here are some tips to get you “unstuck”

Write the vision and make it plain.

Write down your overall vision. What is the end goal here? What is the mission statement for this series of tasks or goal. Clearly define what the end result is for all of your “to do” lists. Polish, edit, clarify and refine until you have a glowing mission statement for your company, family, or whatever project this task falls in. Then, after looking at the bigger picture, ask yourself:

“Do I really have to do this”?

A whole lot of very organized people I have known will beat themselves up over something like (gasp!) dust bunnies under the guest room bed. Seriously? That’s it?
Yes, there are ultra-organized people who get depressed if every single thing is not done, even if it’s not critical. Something in their organized mind knows, they may never have enough time to get around to that non-essential, thus, their depression. If you think that same perfectionism mindset describes you, try reminding yourself that leaving non-critical tasks undone, hurts no one. Then burn that chore card—tell youself it’s really okay if you never get around to that for the rest of your life, because it really is.

“I hate this task”.

Is this a truly necessary task? Again, if you hate it, but it’s not critical or even quite important, would it make more sense just to not do it?

Okay. Obviously, the quality of our businesses depend upon us tending to details. But if this detail truly makes your business shine ask yourself question number one again…does it have to be you? Are you the only one who can do this task? Will the company turn to dust if your hands aren’t on every part of this project? If so, go to question three.
But if you have to do it, say, you need to work with an unpleasant client, or address an unpleasant situation, can you have someone share part of the burden with you? Maybe you can enlist the support of a team member to go with you to that termination meeting. That gnarly employee turns your stomache to knots and you hate confrontation. If so, maybe you can ask your feisty assistant to accompany you.

“Can I delegate this task”?

So much of internet marketing involves details and duldrum duties. Marketer, don’t lose your mind doing it all. Make a list today of every unpleasant marketing task and then hire or trade services if at all possible. Even if you can’t delegate all of it, farm out what you can, and oversee the team’s progress.

“Can I do this project in stages”?

When you break a project down into miniature goals, you have a much better chance of completing it. After your project becomes five miniature projects, do the next step:

Give your project a deadline.

And don’t just give the end result a deadline, but rather, give every stage of your project a  deadline. This is where almost everyone misses it. Sit down and write out every single project and sub-project from buying the paint to measuring the windows. Give yourself a time limit for how long you will spend looking for office furniture; how much time you will spend looking for an employee. Maybe you know you can’t set aside enough interview time to do it well, so you’ll have to use an agency. My point is, when you set a deadline for a flow chart of tasks, you force yourself to come up with solutions to dead ends.

I do this every   single day with my business and it really gets the checklists done.

Try it and see.

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How a Whiteboard helps you organize

Your Brain in print (seeing it all helps you organize it!)

If you are a list person (and I know I am), then you may find it difficult to ever adjust your schedule once you have it committed to paper.

This is where a whiteboard can really help you. After you decide what you need to do today, just write it, LARGE, on a whiteboard that is big enough for you to see it when you walk across the room.

When we make a list on a little scrap of paper, or even in a Franklin Planner, it can be really difficult  to  use every spare minute checking off your to do list.

But when you keep the vision before you, broken down into Morning, afternoon and evening goals, and, you keep it where you can actually see it, then you are so much more likely to complete everything on your list.

Are you having trouble getting it all together? How do you manage your time effectively? I would love to hear your comments here.

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How to make every day count

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This video is so inspirational, I would call it almost as fundamental as having a daily schedule.

If you get this one thing right, you will always succeed.
Here’s to your success!
–Sue

P.S.>The Rock represents Jesus

All of us have things in our life that we would say take priority over other things, but we don’t always live like it. In the video (which I still strongly suggest you watch, you don’t need speakers to get the point), there is a man with some sand, some water, and one big rock. He wants to fit all of these things in the vessel, but there’s only one way to do it…and that’s by putting the main, or “meatiest”, pieces in first, in the proper order. I think the symbolism is obvious here. As internet marketers, we need to “seek first the kingdom” and keep the main thing the main thing. I’ll write more on this tomorrow. Please watch the video even if you have read about this concept before. It is powerful!

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