I’ve seen it happen again and again. You wake up in the morning ready to go. You’ve already decided, “Today’s the day.” It might be the day that you’re going to clear off your to-do list. Maybe you’ll spend the day making sales calls. Or maybe it’s the day that you’re finally going to tackle the new program that you’re creating. Whatever it is… “Today’s the day.”
Then…the day is over. You’ve been busy all day. You have not accomplished what you set out to do. You’ve been here before; unfortunately it’s familiar territory. “Oh well,” you think, “I guess I’ll do it tomorrow.”
I have found that there are three key things that land us in “What the heck happened? Where did the time go?” syndrome (okay, there are more than three but these are the biggies). Keep an eye out for them and you’ll be much more likely to accomplish your goals.
Mistake #1: Starting your day with email. Plain and simple… Most emails that you receive are someone else’s priority. When we start our day with email we put those priorities in front of our own. And It’s incredibly easy to get sucked into email and spend hours at it. If you absolutely must check your email at the beginning of the day, decide what you are looking for and what type of emails you will respond to, then set a timer for yourself to limit the amount of time you spend at it before getting to your own priorities.
Mistake #2: Doing one thing first. I think of all the mistakes this is the biggest, and we’ve all done it. Here’s what happens. You have a goal in mind. Let’s say you need to make a phone call to follow up with a potential client. You’re ready to make the call, but you decide to do one thing first. What happens is that “one thing” expands into many things and it pulls you off track. You end up forgetting what you needed to do or it gets to be too late to do it. The day ends and you still haven’t made that call. My suggestion here is quite simple. Recognize that this is something you are susceptible to and become aware of when you do it. You can start by asking yourself if what you’re doing is a what you want to be doing or is it “one thing first.”
Mistake #3: Starting off without a clear plan or objective. This is the quickest way to get pulled down a rabbit hole. The very first thing you do each day (and ideally the last thing you do in the evening when you close up shop) needs to be to decide what you’re going to do. Here are some thoughts to consider that will help you create your plan. What are your overall priorities? What project is going to move you closest to that priority? What steps are you going to be taking to move that project further along? The more specific you can be, the better it will be for you and the easier it will be for you to stay on track.
I’ve shared the three biggest mistakes I see entrepreneurs make every day in their business. These mistakes are stopping you from reaching your income goals. They are stopping you from reaching your business goals. Tell me what are you going to do differently TODAY to keep you on track and let’s make it happen.
I bet plenty of the things you do are “no brainers”. You are psyched to them and have no problem doing. Then, there are the “other things”. It could be picking up the phone and calling a prospective client, writing an article for your ezine, creating a program that you’ve been meaning to do forever or something “easy” like answering a single email.
These are the things you know you’re “supposed” to do but somehow never get around to doing. The things that you put on your to-do list time and time again but never cross off. Or you plan to do just as soon as you get a 3-hour block of time.
The problem is that when you don’t get around to doing these tasks you, and your business run, the real risk of stagnating or maybe not even starting. You don’t create programs, you don’t bring in new clients, you don’t market your business, and you don’t bring in income.
Here’s the cold hard truth…no amount of wishing will get these things done, you need a plan, but not any plan because we both know that you’ve made plans before. You need a plan that takes you into consideration. Who you are, what needs to be done and what is the best way for YOU to do it.
Here are 7 strategies that my clients and I use regularly to help us get ourselves motivated and moving. I encourage you to try a couple of them so that you can carry through and finally cross those “shoulds” off of your to-do list.
One of the most frustrating things I experience is when I have a bunch of great ideas but can’t decide which to do. When this happens, I watch time pass by while none of my “great ideas” come to life all because I never picked one to do.
Chaos to Cash Strategy:
Profitability comes when you take your idea, make a plan and follow through.
Unless you are following through on your idea, your projects don’t get completed, your programs don’t get filled and the clients, that need to be working with you, won’t find you.
You’re better off moving forward on the wrong project than on none at all.
~ Chaos to Cash: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Eliminating Chaos, Overwhelm and Procrastination So You Can Create Ultimate Profit! By Carrie Greene, Chapter 3, Page 241
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Confession time…I decided to run a 5K for all the wrong reasons. My daughter’s boyfriend is a jock, my daughter isn’t. He wanted to run with her and she couldn’t. When I saw a sign at our gym for the new class “How to Train and Eat for a 5K” I saw it as an opportunity for her to start running. Sammi wouldn’t do it alone so to help her we both joined the class.
This was a huge step for me because, although I work out regularly, I’ve always been a firm believer that I could not run. I knew it was painful and horrible. Besides, just running to the corner would leave me breathless. It’s amazing what you do for your kids or so I said at the time.
The class was great because it gave us a coach and gave us a plan to teach us how to run so that we could make continual progress without getting hurt. But the most important piece was that we had each other.
Day by day our runs got longer. I found that the more we ran the more it became my personal goal and I was not doing this just for Sammi. I started to feel an immense sense of satisfaction with every mile I ran.