I was thrilled when she asked me to take her off my email list.
Why? Because I only want people who are interested in what I can do for them. Personally, my goal is to build a thriving community and I can’t-do that if people are not interested in what I have to share.
So, when she said she wanted to unsubscribe, I knew she was not part of my tribe, community.
For years I’ve been sending out informational newsletters. They are mini-trainings.
From the beginning, I am clear that I will be sending you these emails and yes at times making offers for either my products or someone else that I believe will help you grow your business.
In this instance, I provided business training and then offered a productivity assessment from Michael Hyatt someone I believe has quality information.
When you find this post, this assessment might not be available, but here it is.
We all know that to be successful, we must take action. It’s simple, right? Then why is it so hard to do? Often it’s because the tasks are tedious or difficult, or something we just don’t want to do. So, how do we overcome this? The problem is that denial won’t cause the task to go away. Procrastination won’t make it any easier; in fact, it will make it harder. So what do we do?
Here are a few ideas that can help:
- Take a look at your thinking. If your mind is full of negative thoughts, you will start to believe that the task is impossible and that it’s okay to give up, put it off, or leave it unfinished. Instead of thinking, “I can’t-do this,” tell yourself, “I will get this done now.”
- Get to know when your peak performance time is. Regardless of how you feel about the task, choose that time to do it if it’s urgent or important.
- Make the main thing the main thing. Decide what your most important tasks are and do them first. Prioritize and organize. Often people use the excuse of working on email as a way to put off more important work. It isn’t rude to ignore your email; it’s prioritizing and taking responsibility for what you need to do.
- Are you overextending yourself? Learn to say no. Many times it’s hard to say no either because we don’t want to let somebody down or because we’re afraid to turn jobs away. But the truth is that if we overextend ourselves, we might not finish any of our jobs, or we might finish them late. Either way, our clients will be unhappy. Most customers will respect an honest no if you are too busy, and will either opt for a later time or find someone else for the job, but they will remember and appreciate your honesty.
- Be careful about distractions. People may come to you and say, “I just have a quick question,” and that might be true. But if 20 people come to you with a quick question, your day is used up with other people’s work. Either tell them you will get back to them at another time or, better yet, don’t answer the request in the first place. When you’re critical tasks are completed, you will find time to answer the questions you really want to answer.
As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into being productive.
Next time I’ll share five more tips for being more productive with your time.
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