Lifestyle Entrepreneurs: Managing Time Numerous people make a huge mistake: they keep an action list without setting priorities. It contains entries from top to bottom about sending faxes, filing documents, calling people and setting appointments among other things. And at the conclusion of the day, all the activities are done and people feel good. There is nothing wrong with keeping track of progress and activities but you’ll not be able to achieve the successes over time if this is done outside the scope of your personal goals. What is the issue here? Any action list without proper priorities or categories may give you a temporary ‘kick’ when crossing off items, but it will not help you to reach your goals. The unorganized activities quickly leads into a behavior pattern that either focuses on the easy tasks or on urgent tasks but not necessarily important.
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Lifestyle Entrepreneurs are very careful about their time. They know that working on their goals is the most important task even if it means cancelling a visit to some pal. They are going to never allow tasks that are urgent to take control of their day. Instead, they manage the urgent tasks that come about by proper advance planning.
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For a practical approach to getting back on track, structure your activities into 3 zones. Planning Division It includes everything that’s so important but not urgent. These are the things that in the event you do them, they will contribute in the longer run to reaching your objectives. As an example, working on your own long term strategy will help you generate future income. Meditation and visualization of goals are also activities that belong in this category. Successful people spend nearly all of their time here. Production It includes everything that’s important and urgent. These are the activities you’re doing to generate income through your business. Example: getting back at a prospective customer who has responded well to your ad or website. Make certain that part of your daily activities fall in this division, as this is where the money is generated. If you are trained up and already set up, spend at least 40% to 60% of your time here. The Waste Zone It includes everything which is not urgent and not important. These include social chatter and the fun stuff. Interestingly enough, this is where quite a number of people that are not getting any results spend most of their time. Their action lists are full of activities in this division. So be careful and spend only time here if you really can afford it. I suggest 10% of your time, maximum.