Tuesday 29 March 2011

The first quarter is closing, and if there were ever a time to position and promote your business, now is it!

Unfortunately, too often you may be so busy running the business you don’t think you have time to grow the business.

Yet there is no question – the evidence is crystal clear. . .

New client acquisition opportunities have not been this good in a long, long time!

So ask yourself, what is the plan to grow production, assets and profitability for the next 3 quarters? Then take into consideration the way you manage your time. The bottom line is that anyone who has a demanding career or runs their own business has to practice excellent time management, effective delegation and learning to say the word, “No.” It’s just not possible to maintain the simple life while achieving a high level of success. And with today’s technology, it’s harder to hide when you need a break. Your email inbox is dinging, and your cell phone is ringing. It is at this point that you have to filter the input so you can begin to regain control over your life. As good as you think you may be with your time management, there are always “time-wasters” that can be eliminated from your daily life.
Let’s review some practical tips:

  1. If you are spending the majority of your time on non-essential email, either delegate or eliminate needless email. Have an assistant filter your emails to eliminate time spent on non-essential emails or you send a polite request to your email contacts to be removed from non-essential bulk emails lists.
  2. Reduce time-wasters by creating a to-do list for the following day the night before.
  3. Evaluate additional tasks you can delegate to and assistant. Have your assistant look through your email, screen phone calls or walk-ins, schedule all appointments, or research something you need more information about. Whatever you can delegate to free up some time – do it.
  4. Learn to say “No.”

The goal is to be focused on the highest pay-off activities that will produce the results you desire in the timeframe you want – personally and professionally. The goal is not to figure out how to move faster. Eliminate the time-wasters in your life to improve your quality of life and success.

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