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What NOT to do

Published on 7/27/2017
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I was listening to one of my favorites, Tim Ferriss (the 4 hour work week guy) on YouTube this morning while I was out for a walk and it was so good I had to listen to it again.


All of us have way too many distractions in an average day. We get bombarded by emails, texts, phone calls, direct messages, the list goes on and on.


You have to pay attention to your spouse, your kids, your customers, your dogs (not your cats - cats could care less :)


Staying focused is equally about doing what you SHOULD and avoiding what you SHOULDN’T.


This is the “to avoid” list, 9 things-  NOT TO DO - courtesy of Tim Ferriss, with my commentary.


Love to hear what you think should be added…


#1 - Don’t answer phone calls from any unrecognized callers


Don’t be a slave to those calls. Let them go to voicemail or Google Voice until/unless you have an employee to take them.


#2 - Don’t bother with email 1st thing in the morning or last thing at night.


Email is perhaps the biggest “time suck” mankind has created. Jumping in first thing in the morning usually, guarantees that someone else dictates what you’ll get done in the morning. Catching up the last thing at night is just flat bad for your health because it’s frequently bad for your sleep.

#3 - Do not agree to meetings (in person or on the phone) that have no clear agenda or outcome before AND - keep meeting short - a time limit of 15 to 30 minutes


Over the years I’ve had thousands of wasted meeting hours because people frequently “wander around” in meetings. Use a clock on your computer if it’s a phone/video call.


#4 - Do not let people “ramble on you”


Don’t be rude but have the attitude that your time is really important. No “how’s it going”, don’t need to be rude but let’s “get to the point”.


5 minutes of “chit chat” 3 times a day 5 days a week 50 weeks a year is 62 hours of your life.


#5 - Do not check email constantly throughout the day.


Twice a day should be your target maximum. Get off the “digital crack” of responding to manufactured emergencies. If you are that important, hire somebody. Tools like boomerang or Autoresponders are great.


#6 - Do not over communicate with low-profit high maintenance customers.


Focus on the 20 percent of the customers that make you 80 percent of your income. The loudest and least profitable are a waste of time. Fire some customers periodically, again without being rude. Those relationships aren’t good for you or them.


#7 - Do not work more to fix overwhelm - LEARN to prioritize.


If you take the time to define the most important task each day NOTHING becomes more important. I know that in the “multi task world”, this is pretty “old school, but it vitally important.


#8 - Do NOT  subject yourself to the  “digital leash” 24/7.


I’m talking about your cell phone. Turn them off, leave them in the garage, leave it at home if you go out for dinner. YOU are NOT the President of the United States and with the possible exception of your kids at home while you’re out, very little is so important that it can’t wait


#9 - Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work activities SHOULD.


Your co workers shouldn’t be your only friends. Parkinson’s Law is the adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion" and if you let it, your work can take over your life like unchecked weeds take over a garden.


Get some exercise, watch your kids activities, be a doting grandparent, go bowling with your buddies, or to a hockey game with your neighbors etc. You have a LIFE - remember to enjoy it.


I don’t know about you but I’m reading that list every night for the next 60 days knowing that THAT is how you develop a habit.  Life is too short to major in minors someone said and I agree….


Bill Bateman - featured member of the day on 7-27-2017 on IBO Toolbox (and grateful for that)


PS - I use Simpleology for the same reason that I love this list. It keeps me on track. If you think you waste too much time, you probably do. If you struggle with how to correct that, Simpleology might be the answer you’ve been looking for to the question of how to focus on the important - and you can try Simpleology for FREE - right here


PPS - I'm deeply honored that you read this post. If I can help you with your business in any way, please let me know

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