When you know better

There’s always some assembly required in all things and pursuits.

Whatever it is, there’s a learning curve.

After all, this is the first time you’ve ever needed to assemble and learn how to use this thing.

Straight out of the box, this appears to be a simple operation, so you get right to work without even a glimpse at the instructions . . . or in the case of many electronic devices, no instructions included other than how to plug it in and turn it on. The rest is up to you and youtube videos.

You dive in and do your best. Things seem to be going well, until they’re NOT at which point you seek HELP, or you think you’ve completed the assembly, but there are 3 pieces left over . . . Uh-Oh!

Do you simply discard these parts and hope for the best, or do you worry enough about it that that you decide to research the mystery. What do you do if it turns out to be important parts that should have been installed in the 1st phase of construction? Do you destruct the thing, get the instructions and rebuild?

Have you just learned the same lesson you have just learned MANY times in the past? Here’s when you slap your forehead and chastise yourself for being such an impulsive serial noncompliant assembler!

All of the above applies to all facets of our lives – Relationships, Personal Habits, Professional habits and putting the wheels on the Generator you just bought (Me last weekend – 1 extra bolt not where it should be).

Insanity = Doing the same things expecting different results

We ALL know better, yet we develop amnesia all too often.

Think about your routines (Habits) in your work and life.

In real estate sales (and likely most other sales careers) . . . and go ahead and acknowledge that you and EVERYONE is “in sales” to some degree . . . There are some ways of working which seem to be universal “instructions” which we hear repeatedly from Bosses, Coaches, Speakers, Authors, Trainers in all industries . . . I call these “Universal Life and work Hacks.

My suspicion is that you already “KNOW” all of this works, so why aren’t we all DOING it?

Every day – in THIS order using “Time Blocking”

  • Take care of yourself FIRST – Before going to your work place/mode
    • Spiritual
    • Mental
    • Physical
    • Social
    • Emotional
  • Do the most important (Vital Few 20%) work activities – Before 11:00 AM
    • Plan and Calendar (Daily, weekly, monthly, annually)
    • Prioritize and connect with all “A Business Opportunities”
    • Prospect – Lead generate for new business
  • Take a 2 hour break – Exercise, Lunch, whatever gives your a rest
  • The afternoon is for the Trivial Many 80% activities
    • Client appointments
    • Paperwork
    • Marketing
    • Training/Coaching
    • Financial Budgeting
  • Have a CLEAR “quitting time” – Not later than 5:00

This simple daily routine WORKS because of the efficiency it affords with respect to having clear FOCUS on everything you do.

and it provides a nice flow – A rhythm – a quality life

Here’s the fun part . . . Make this a habit, and you’ll find yourself getting more done each and every day whilst only working 6 focused hours (3 Morning – 3 Afternoon)

The icing on the cake is clearly communicating to all humans in your world what your time blocked day is and how important it is to honor the routine.

During 20% time (8-11 AM) no incoming calls or other distractions with emphasis on the crucial importance to preserve FOCUS.

There are many naysayers of these Habits . . . that it won’t work for them.

Just smile and enjoy your new-found life rhythm.

Published by Barry Owen

Strategist-CEO of Pareto Realty Real estate sales Professional Inviter-Facilitator-Practicer of Open Space Technology Opening safe space for people & organizations to self-organize around issues & opportunities BarryOwen.US Invite-Listen-Love

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