Do both of us a favor. Write down what you do, hour by hour, for three days and then come back and read the rest of this section once you’ve done so.
How much time was wasted? If you’re at all like most people I speak to, you now know that you waste a lot of time.
I prioritize my business activities this way:
- Which activities generate money
- Which activities spend money
Simple, isn’t it? The fact is that most people in business spend more time considering how to spend a dollar rather than how to make it. If I make an expenditure, I always ask what will It return? I’m not a genius. However, I’ve learned from mistakes, observation, and education, that a business must generate revenues to be successful. In order to generate revenues, you need to apply effort to doing so. If you let time thieves (people who have no clue what they’re doing from day to day and love to waste the time of others) control your day, then you’re dead in the water.
Always have a clear objective each and every day. Try to determine how much time it will take to accomplish each task.
Be proactive. In other words look to accomplish activities that generate capital instead of spending it. If you don’t plan your day, you become reactive and you fall prey to the time thieves that will rob you blind of success.
I may sound a little harsh about this, yet it’s for good reason. None of us know when our lives will end. It could be five minutes from now, or seventy years from now. Time is precious, respect it. YOUR TIME IS VERY VALUABLE! Please, for your sake, regard it as a valuable commodity: that’s what it is.
Don’t let people throw you off your course. If you have an agenda, stick to it. If you get derailed, try to get right back to your agenda. You’ll find that if you adopt this philosophy you’ll get much more done and have a lot more free time to do what you want to do when you want to do it.
Remember, be proactive, plan your day and work your plan. I’ve yet to meet a super successful person who doesn’t plan their business agenda.