I hope everyone had a great end to 2016 and 2017 is off to a great start.
As 2017 is getting rolling here in the first few weeks, I had a few thoughts on business and personal life. The old adage “new year, new you” always seems to come to the forefront around this time of the year.
Is it a good theory? Yes. Is it always true? No. Should it be an end all, be all mind set? No!
In the professional setting, a lot of people are very successful. That could be in sales, in accounting, as a copywriter, or as a business owner. If you are successful, do you want to start over every year with a new “you”? I would vote for probably not. Good habits are there for a reason and serve a purpose. I think it is important to do self evaluation to determine what those good habits are. In doing that evaluation, you should quickly realize where you can become a better version of yourself.
Bad habits should stand out really clearly when you do an honest evaluation. What I think is important to take away from doing so, is a fix of those less than ideal tendencies. Imagine the progress you could make in your professional self by getting rid of one bad, time-wasting, or non-productive habit a month.
From a personal mindset, do the same thing. Take a deeper look at how you act in your relationships: intimate, marriage, family. It is natural to become complacent. Starting the year off with a introspective look at how you act with everyone on a daily level, either professional or personal, can go a long way.
Here to a happy and healthy 2017! Don’t think “new year, new me”; think “new year, better me”.
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It’s a Friday before a long weekend or a typical Monday. You are sitting at your desk procrastinating, watching the clock, and thinking about what you are going to eat next. Sound familiar?
Unfortunately, this is a common occurance for people all of the time. Many people will say “Hey, just snap out of it.” as a solution. Well, that doesn’t work for most people. What I am hoping to do is have you think about what is really happening.
If you have the scenario above happening at work on a Monday, a lot of times it can be 3pm before you realize you have made zero sales calls or sent zero prospecting emails. It’s now 3 o’clock, you think about getting to work, spend 20 minutes getting organized, and you might be lucky to get a productive hour in.
Here’s what you really had happen “today”. You missed out on scheduling meetings and calls for tomorrow. Tomorrow you now have to schedule your week and the week following. Best case scenario, you have a few calls or meetings on Wednesday if people are willing to take a 24 hour turnaround. Probably unrealisitic. Let’s say you get two appointments for Thursday and Friday most likely. Great. Two appointment week might be a ton for your industry. If that’s the case, you probably went the whole week without any.
So what did taking a mental lapse day really cost you? Three days. Monday “off”, Tuesday is Monday’s work, and Wednesday is blank to repeat Tuesday because you didn’t have anything set.
Ultimately, there are going to be days in which this happens. It’ll be inevitable. You go on a vacation that you need a vacation from to recover. It happens to everyone. Your goal should be minimize these days because they do cost you more than you realize.
If you think about it this way, hopefully you’ll find it a bit easier to jump start your week or stay focused right before, let’s say….a Labor Day weekend!
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