Tips For Getting Organized!

The foundation for any amount of success is Organization. So, how organized are you? It’s a question we should be asking ourselves daily. So much of what we accomplish in our daily lives is a direct result of how organized we are and how well we manage our time. There’s no question about it. It’s a fact. There are 1,440 minutes in a day. Your success and the success of your business is dependent upon how well you capitalize on each one of those minutes every single day. The best part about this is that it's consistent. You will never have less than 1,440 minutes allotted to you on a daily basis. Think about that...

Now, here's the next question to ask yourself. How do you capitalize on these minutes? The answer...get organized. Remember my last blog about accountability? Well, only you can determine what gets in the way of you capitalizing on your time. Hold yourself accountable for how organized you are and how you manage your time. There is simply no excuse why you can't. I'll prove it to you. Try giving me an excuse and I guarantee you that I can come up with at least one solution for you. There are so many different tools and resources that technology has afforded us these days, that enable us to become more efficient, more productive and yep, you guessed it...ORGANIZED! Everyone and their mother who has a smartphone has a personnel assistant right in the palm of their hands. And the best part is that it's all automated! How cool is that?

"Hey, Siri! Remind me to post this blog on my website later tonight." "Ok, Google. Remind me to get my quote over to Bill before 10am tomorrow." "Alexa! What's my commute time to get to my next meeting?"

You see what I'm getting at? We have all these tools available to us, in order to help make our lives easier and more efficient. The key is, you just have to take advantage of them.

I'm going to leave you with one more tip. As simple as it may sound, try planning out your agenda weeks ahead of time. What I mean by that, is you should block time off on your calendar to be proactive with whatever it is you're looking to accomplish. For example, I have a couple two hour time blocks on my calendar every Wednesday and Thursday for prospecting and new business development. I have 30 minutes blocked off every Friday to review expenses. Every Sunday night, I have 15 minutes blocked off to run payroll. You see the theme here? I'm simply blocking time off on my calendar to hold myself accountable to the activities that I need to accomplish, in order to pursue my goals and be successful. Do things pop up sometimes, that prevent me from sticking to those particular time slots? Of course. But the point is that there is structure in place. By having some sort of structure (or foundation), I'm able to adjust my daily schedule to accommodate unexpected circumstances, while still holding myself accountable for the things I need to get done in order to reach my goals.

Remember...every minute counts. What are you going to do with your time?

- CC

Your Excuses Are Holding You Back

Excuses. Everyone is full of them today. “I don’t have time!” “I don’t have the money!” “I would, but John Doe tried it and it didn’t work out for him.” These are just a few of the excuses I hear on a daily basis and it makes me sick. It literally turns my stomach every time someone comes up with an excuse on why they can’t accomplish something. How about instead of focusing on why you can’t do something, let’s come up with some solutions on how you can?

Unfortunately, for most of us, its our first instinct to want to come up with an excuse and backdown when we feel there’s a challenge ahead of us. I know this from first hand experience. There was a point in time when I felt that if something was too much of a challenge, I would just ignore it or come up with an excuse to avoid it. This was a problem. This was a problem, because not only did I not hold myself accountable; I still expected the same results as if I were to face the challenge head on. Call it fear of failure, call it laziness, call it entitlement, call it whatever you want. I call it stupidity. Why would anyone in their right mind think that they can be rewarded or benefit from doing absolutely nothing outside of standard expectations?

The same opportunities to succeed are available to everyone. When I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE. Sure, everyone’s path is unique in order to achieve success, but the bottom line is that the path is there for you to take. Only you can determine where that path leads. It all starts with the decisions that you make as an individual and how often you incorporate personal accountability into those decisions.

Starting today, take a step back and become more aware of the decisions that you’re making. Then, instead of coming up with an excuse about why something didn’t work out the way you had hoped, come up with some scenarios about how you personally could have done something different to generate an alternative outcome. If the conclusion is that a mistake was made, own it, learn from it, put it in the past and try again.

I can guarantee you that if you follow the thought process I just laid out, it will change your life and make you feel better about yourself as a person. When you feel better about yourself as a person, thats when you’re at your highest level of productivity. When you’re at your highest level of productivity, you’re naturally putting in the work to create a foundation for you to achieve the goals that you set for yourself.

Over the next few days, I challenge you to try following this thought process in your daily interactions (personal and/or business). Then, I want you to come back here and re-read this blog and share your thoughts.

- CC