I recently asked an expert in our field, when it came time for the Q and A, what is the biggest change he plans on making to his business plan for next year...I loved his answer: cutting out everything that does not align with my goals. I know I need to adopt this into my own plan, and a clear sign was that at the moment I asked our Coach the question, I had a garbage bag full of office junk that was on the way to the landfill. Here is the tricky part though, knowing your goals clearly enough that you can cut excess AND not miss an opportunity to improve. Being too eager to dismiss an app or a class or a strategy could cost you time and money...being too eager to adopt all flashy apps or classes or strategies could also cost you time and money. Whatever shall we do? Well, let’s break this down and simplify.
First and foremost is THE goal, this is the one thing that you want to earn for the 2020 year, sell two cars a month, get a raise of 3%, move out of the desk job, whatever is your focus. Of course you can have a business growth goal and a personal goal, but we will keep those two lists separate. Next, we will take that one goal and under it three activities that you will do to earn your one goal: make cold calls, host events, be active on social media - whatever you believe will get you the one goal. One goal, three activities, let’s keep this simple and doable!
At the top of our chart is the one goal, under the three activities, and finally the six specific tasks that you can do on a weekly/monthly basis to ensure you are taking action towards your goal. For example, two Instagram posts that focus on being positive a day, send a message to a different friend once a week to grab lunch, attend a monthly educational meeting, just to name a few. You have to hold yourself accountable to complete these tasks, I use a loud, dinging checklist app that has the tasks on them and I can not go to bed until they are checked off...so words to the wise, keep the tasks simple and easy--do not make them lengthy or exhaustive or you will give up by January 5th. When your task list is to get lunch with a different friend every month or send someone a card, you are rewarding yourself with a good deed and taking the action you need towards your goal.
Tying this all back into a neat little package, we have the One goal, the Three activities, and then the Six time sensitive actions...AND anything outside of this list needs cut. Find a fun app that helps you track leads, but does not have the capability of follow ups - CUT. A booklet that goes over how to double your income through cold calling, but you want to move towards warm leads only - CUT. A person in your life that is fun to grab a drink or two, but keeps you from getting your activities done and mocks your work ethic - CUT. It feels good, believe me, to make your life simpler, cut the extras, and only focus on the things that are supporting your goal.
Our Coach is right, it should be a priority to align your life with your goal and let everything else go. It seems like there is a growing barrage of distractions in our lives, it is easy to become overwhelmed, to not be sure if our actions are supporting what we want in life, and to glare over with all the shiny new objects. So the solution, aside from reading this blog, is to simplify which will help you focus, and then allow you to cut all the junk from your life. Hard work, Have Fun!
It is time to put this English degree to good use...by...being a...realtor? No, I have wanted to publish this blog page on a more consistent basis, to cover topics that can both help an audience and myself grow. Not so coincidentally, my weekly mailer has diminished in both open rates and personal motivation, so the natural course of action is to transition the weekly mailer into the weekly blog. So as I get the blog started back up, it is an ideal chance to review the purpose of the weekly mailer, which is now becoming the weekly blog: To provide weekly motivational tips, reminders, and strategies to help my audience continually learn and keep our mindset strong.
So in honor of the renovated blog page, let’s review THREE keys to our morning routine that are proven to help us start successfully. Number one is to wake up to physical activity of any sort, but be sure it is something you enjoy or it will not become a habit. Go for a walk, do some push-ups, run the house stairs, or the traditional method such as hit the gym. Research shows that getting the blood flowing has a positive effect on the brain and helps get the day started the right way. For more information, try Kirsten Nunez’s 13 Benefits of Working Out in the Morning, or check into a slew of articles just like it. Make it a positive habit, and there are a plethora of strategies to help motivate you to establish habit - but those will be for a different time and blog.
Second strategy is to have morning calendar ticks to create consistency and productivity in the morning routine. Now, if you have not been following the mailer, a calendar tick is an activity set up on your digital calendar that makes a notification sound at a set time in the morning. Establish one-two activities in the morning that you need to complete, for example I have to check on my friends/family birthdays, and then each day has another activity such as Instagram post, or send a friend an appreciation note, or to make a video, et cetera. This tick is set so you don’t have to think about it, they notify you automatically, and the sound reminds you to do it - start the day being productive.
Finally, now that we got some physical activity done, a few productive activities to get us moving, the third morning routine tip is review your daily task list - take on the toughest item first. If you do not have a daily task list...step back, use any method you want: physical calendar, note cards, PLENTY of apps for the phone (click to see a few), be sure it is something easy that you can add to the list if necessary even while busy. Once you have a calendar and/or task list to keep track of what NEEDS to be done everyday, rank them toughest to easiest - you want to make the best use of your time. You have to decide on what NEEDS to be done, what could be done, and what can be done later - have set time that you can be distracted from the list, but also have a set time that the task list must be done (those other phone calls can wait until later). Sounds easy? Good.
That’s it, that’s the list--simple, straightforward way to get your morning started successfully and consistently. I appreciate you taking the time to read up on the blog, we will spend more time breaking down specific skills, mindset techniques, and methods for you to be and stay successful. And as always, feel free to leave constructive comments and topics that you would like to cover.