The company truck is all beat up, the worker(s) looks like he/they just got out of a bar fight and I could just imagine what the operations and finances look like. You see these type companies everywhere - the name of the business may be different but the appearance is the same.
However, when a person takes the time to ask me about organization I take their question seriously. If a person is asking about being more organized I know they are considering changes in their life. Changes that could give them more time to spend with their families, time to spend developing the business that they have only dreamed of, or changes that will make them enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror, changes that could be difficult and terrifying.
Below are some very practical ideas that you can apply to your life. I have spent my lifetime gathering these ideas, not only gathering but also applying them successfully in my own life.
In a moment of honesty, you would have to admit that you are overqualified for most of the tasks you perform in both your personal and professional life. If you’re like most, you spend several working hours every month filing paperwork, standing at the copier, sending faxes, returning emails, and answering unproductive phone calls. Off the job, you probably spend just as many hours cleaning, washing, landscaping, and running errands that could be performed by just about anyone. And while some of the tasks you perform are ones that you enjoy, most of them are neither the most productive nor the most preferred tasks in your life. That’s why delegation is such a powerful instrument.
You see, most people don’t fully understand the power of focus in their lives and the role delegation plays in allowing that to happen. Having more freedom in your life is merely a function of focusing on the few things that create the greatest emotional and spiritual equity personally, and the greatest significance and profitability professionally.
If your desire is to free up more time and more energy to spend on the things that you value most on and off the job, determine your answers to the following 3 questions.
What do you want your life to look like? Ask yourself: “What tasks outside my job do I routinely become involved in that I am either not good at or don’t like doing?” Whatever tasks fit this profile should be delegated as much as possible.
What do you want your business to look like? Ask yourself: “What is required of me that I don’t do well or that someone else can do as good as or better than me?” Consider the following examples:
If you used that time to increase your productivity on the job, how much more could you do? If you used that time to invest more in your family and friends, how much value could you add?
“The laboring man,” said Lord Clarendon, “knows what every hour of his time is worth.”
Most would agree that in the world of professional basketball Michael Jordan is the greatest player to have ever played the game. What amazes me is his magnificent talent. Not many people could retire from the NBA, begin playing baseball, come back to professional basketball and still be at the top of his game.
There is another person in a similar profession that is truly amazing in his own right. A sport that is full of past and present heroes. A world that is extremely competitive. That world is professional golf, and the person is Tiger Woods.
Now, many of you would take issue with me if I said Tiger was and is the greatest golfer to ever play the game. And I know he has had some legal challenges over the past couple of years. The reason I think Tiger is a great champion is not just his talent to hit crushing drives, his passion for the game, or his ability to make clutch shots seemingly at ease. The reason I feel he is such a great champion is because of his focus when competing.
About eighteen months ago I began to notice something. Every successful people that I was studying has a daily routine - and it always seems to start in the morning. When I noticed this I developed one for myself. Mine is below and is in an outline format - and the bullet points are personal in nature to me.
I challenge you to develop your own daily routine. Use mine as a model if you like.
Daily Routine For Complete Success
Train your body to jump out of bed in the morning
How To Make The Right Decision Every time
By Jeff Earlywine
I work with clients all over the world. I find many common denominators regardless if the business is in a rural area, major city, or 3rd World country. One of the most common is decision making. Some people just have a hard time making decisions, or if they do then pulling the trigger on it. Why?
Do you know of a great idea that will make you and your organization better? Have you been meaning to implement it, but just haven't done it . . . yet? What are you waiting for? Paul Tournier observed, "The greatest tragedy in life is that most people spend their entire lives indefinitely preparing to live."
Habits, Triggers and Calendars
By Jeff Earlywine
You may have never heard of Peter Gollwitzer, a psychologist at New York University. He and Veronika Brand-Starter are known to be pioneers of something called action triggers. “What in the world is an action trigger,” you ask? Action triggers are systems that precipitate action to be taken. As Gollwitzer would explain it, they are simply specific action steps that interrupt people’s normal stream of consciousness.
How does this apply to you and me? Ever wonder how they do it? How a short-order cook prepares tasty meals in a hectic, rush-rush environment, and does it all with a smile? The answer is simple: A system (an action trigger). The next time you are in a little diner for lunch purposefully sit in a place where you can see the short-order cook preparing the food. It is like poetry in motion. One event triggers another event to take place.
Do You Need a Vacation?
By Jeff Earlywine
I must admit, I am terrible at taking time off. I love what I do and love to work. I know I am not alone - you may be just like me. But, our minds and bodies need to take a break. My sister and brother in-law take a month-long vacation each year. They travel to a new spot somewhere in the world and really learn the culture and experience some great things. When they come back they are refreshed and ready to go back to work and get back into their regular routine.
What if you don’t have the time or resources to do a vacation like this? Maybe even a long weekend is a real stretch for you. So how do you get away without getting away? Woody Allen is known for many things, and one is his love for New York Knicks basketball. Someone once asked him what being a big fan of the Knicks meant to him. His response was, “It is a meaningless distraction.”
I really feel foolish when I leave my house of a morning, get to the office and realize that I have forgotten something at home. Once, when I was a kid, I almost went to school without my shoes on. As humorous as that sounds, it taught me something about remembering things and “memory markers.”
Voice To Text (A Call To Action)
By Jeff Earlywine
I am sure you would agree with me, the voice to text technology was a magnificent invention. Ray Kurzweil was the principal inventor of the first charge-coupled device flatbed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first commercial text-to-speech synthesizer, the Kurzweil K250 music synthesizer capable of simulating the sound of the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition (voice to text). What a brilliant man.
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