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?