Are You Making Progress or Just Going in Circles?
Almost everyone I know is busy.
Heck, even the RETIRED people I know are busy.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re in business for yourself or work for someone else, you no doubt find your day filled with activity. You may even feel overwhelmed a lot of the time.
But being busy by itself doesn’t really amount to much. You can be busy being busy, but not be making much—or any—progress.
I heard it from someone just the other day. They said they worked the entire day in their office. I asked what they did all day, but they couldn’t really tell me. All they could say was that they made phone calls, handled email and worked on “various” projects.
But when I asked if any of this generated income—something quite important to this person—they couldn’t come up with a single thing.
Being busy and working hard may give you some satisfaction, but The Universe rewards results—not activity.
So what do YOU do? Do you confuse activity with accomplishment?
I hope not.
Do you know the top three most important, high-payoff activities that will contribute to achieving your goals? I hope so.
If not, I recommend investing some of your “busy time” to determine what those tasks are.
Which ones should you do every day?
Which ones every week?
And if increasing your income or your profits is important, here’s what I suggest:
Set yourself an appointment each day for your 3M (3M stands for Maximum Monetization Minutes). This is a period of time each day or week that you devote exclusively for ideating, planning and implementing income-generating activities.
The Pareto Principle—the old 80/20 rule—applies here. Usually 80 percent of your intended results are created by less than 20% of your efforts. The key is to honestly acknowledge what you need to be working on to create the greatest progress.
I don’t know of a better use of your time than to get clear on your highest pay-off activities and then discipline yourself to only work on those.
Here’s a list that will help you focus on what those high-priority activities are:
- revenue generating
- something very important and must be accomplished
- something that directly relates to your goals
- anything you truly can’t delegate
Go ahead, make that list. Prioritize your tasks and watch your productivity soar.
It’s also a good thing to discuss with your MasterMind Team and/or your staff.
If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.”
founder of IBM