By: Jaffaman Eddie
Date: January 21st, 2015
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You and I both know we all get the same amount of time each day. One of the greatest skills I learnt from my corporate life and as an Entrepreneur is how to maximise and make the best use of my time.
There’s a reason most people who want to double their income, earn a million dollars or more don’t end up doing so.
One – They don’t value their time and they have no time integrity. Take Mike for example. He has a 6am networking breakfast tomorrow morning but was up until 11pm ignoring his partner and talking to his friends on social media for four hours. Next morning, he gets up jumps in the car, gets lost because he has no idea where he is going and has forgotten his business cards because he was in a such a rush. Then after the networking breakfast he comes back to his home office, slumps in his chair, looks at his screen and says to himself “Okay what am I going to do today?”
This is no way to build a business or be in business.
Two – Inconsistent behaviour- Look at anyone you admire, aspire to model or be and you’ll see one common trait. They’re all highly organized and consistent in their behavior. Early to bed early to rise they treat people and themselves with respect, are goal orientated and consistent in their behaviours.
If you want to achieve more, earn more you need to do more and to do more you need to map out your day and know how it is going to finish before it has even started.
Step 1. Do your to do list the night before and keep it realistic. Don’t write out 50 things you’re never going to get done. It will only hurt your confidence and enthusiasm. I used to do my to do list at home at night but now do it at the end of my day before I leave
ECMC HQ. When I’m at home I like to be at home and in the moment and while I am always thinking about my businesses, customers and how I can do better it’s important for me to recharge at home with the people I love and things I like to do in my time off.
Step 2. Put start and finish times next to each task and I work on 55 minutes on each task. This keeps your mind focused and fresh. Nothing worse than spending all day on one task. It drains you and can be demoralizing.
Step 3. Schedule your highest income earning priorities for the day and get them all done before lunchtime.
Step 4. Cross off what you achieved for the day. This will make you feel good.
Step 5. Train your clients. Don’t drop everything to answer the phone. It’s okay if it is urgent they’ll leave a message or voicemail. If not they’ll call you back.
Step 6. Take control of your time.
Step 7. Spend at least two hours a day marketing your business.
Disclaimer The only thing I’ll add to this is build a one hour of wildcard time in your day. This could be when a client calls you out of the blue or something goes haywire that you may have to deal with.
Of course I’d love you to share your thoughts or experiences below.
Until next time
Jaffaman Eddie T.G.I.C.
The Guy In Charge
Eddie’s Copywriting & Marketing Centre
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