Your email inbox has 84 unread messages and your todo list is about 2 pages long. You’re back to back with clients, you’ll have to work late and no time to work on the business. Does this scenario sound familiar? Nowadays everyone expects instant results, lose 4 stone in 4 weeks, become rich overnight, find true love bla bla bla. There is a lot of noise out there about how to get things done. I’m going to share two things I’ve learnt over the years that have improved my work life balance and made the business more profitable. I didn’t invent these ideas and I’m not sure which book I read them in. They are very basic and all you have to do is be consistent in their application.
- Learn to say No:
- Can I see you later than your opening hours?
- Can I see you at the weekends?
- Can you please give me a 50% discount?
- Will you sponsor me to jump out of a plane?
- Do you take cheque?
- Can I have this product for free?
- Do you want to go on the beer Wed night?
- 4 D’s: This will clear your emails in no time and sort your todo list out very quickly. I know I spoke about this topic before but I think it’s worth mentioning again (Thanks to Jack Canfield for this one)
- Do it
- Delegate it
- Delay it
- Dump it
An example of a todo list
- Order Ink
- Do client notes
- Check email
- Order Insoles
- Do job advert
- See 5 clients
- Do the banking
- Look at new premises
Now let’s apply the principles
1/ Do it
See 5 Clients
Do client notes
Do the banking (Train someone to do this for you)
3/ Delay it
Check email – 9am, 12pm, 6pm – Stop being reactive
Do job advert – Thursday between 1-3 in my “working on the business hours (Put in in diary)
4/ Dump it
Look at new premises – In no financial state to do this, so it’s irrelevant
So there you have an example of how to apply these principles. They are very simple and applicable to all business processes. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask
PS: If I’m not working Thursday the last No might be a maybe!