My constant quest to learn, to be better, to be elite will never end.
I talked about my growth mindset in a separate blog post (SEE FULL POST HERE) and that’s definitely at play here. It’s not that I’m on this never-ending quest for more money or “material” things. It’s simply I want to be a better version of myself today than I was yesterday. I want to be in better shape this month than I was six months ago. I want my business to be more profitable this year than last year. So whether that’s meditating regularly to improve my mindset and perspective on life, or dialing in on the nutrition aspect to build a better body or listening to business building podcasts to learn new techniques that I can incorporate into my everyday operation. It boils down to a hunger of never accepting average, good, or being even excellent at something…I want to be ELITE.
I definitely do not work a 9-to-5 schedule.
This is something that I knew would come up and actually something I embraced. It’s purely the nature of my profession. There’s no such thing as a website that is only online from 9am-5pm…;) I heard a saying in football circles recently that resonated with me. It went something along the lines of “your best ability is your availability.” Meaning the best football players aren’t just the ones with the best “skills”, they are the ones with the best skills that are always ready to perform on gameday. They are reliable and accountable. I try to take that same approach with my client’s. Does that mean I’m going to answer my phone or an email at 2am? Most likely not but if something comes up at 9pm on a Saturday night and it’s urgent, you best believe that I’m going to jump on it. That’s my job, that’s my duty, that’s my responsibility to my client’s.
I need a To-Do list.
This is something I first took to heart when I read the book by Chris Bailey titled The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy. He talked doing a “brain dump” where you literally put every thought that’s on your mind, down on paper. I then categorized these thoughts between business and personal. Whether it’s upcoming lunch meetings or simple chores around the house. Getting everything down on paper lets you live without the constant “monkey brain”- thoughts that come and go every two seconds. This helped me to live with clarity throughout the day. I know exactly what tasks I need to get done.
I analyze everything to see if it’s worth my time.
This goes back to my “HELL YES or NO” mentality. Time is the one resource none of us can ever get back so it’s my opinion to make the most out of every single minutes, hour, day you have. I refuse to waste time on things I can’t be 150% invested in. Whether that’s a networking event or a personal trip that sounds “kinda” cool but I’m not totally on-board…if it’s not a HELL YES, if doesn’t make me jump out of bed in the morning, it’s not worth my time.
Entrepreneurs are MY kind of people.
I have realized as I have gone to many networking events over the last half year, that there is a drastic difference between someone selling X brand (essentially a network marketer) VS someone that is trying to build their own business, grinding away every single day. There is nothing wrong with networking marketing but that’s not what gets my juices following. What gets me fired up is talking to other entrepreneurs that have gone through the same journey I’m going through (or are currently going through it). Those that have a deep purpose and know their why. Those that are looking to build relationships FIRST and know the business and referrals will come AFTER that. I love being able to bounce ideas off each other…“Hey, this worked for me, you should really try doing X” or “Hey, I’m really struggling with X, what would you recommend I do?”
Be intentional and mindful of your time, resources and energy.
I learned the hard way that booking a one-on-one lunch meeting four of five days in a given week is NOT optimal. While I love doing the one-on-one meetings, I’m an introvert by nature so it really zaps my energy. My plan to combat this in the future is to create a schedule of dedicated days throughout the week. For example, maybe I do the majority of my client work on Monday/Wednesday (non-emergencies), only do lunch meetings on Tuesdays and I make sure to block off each Friday for quiet, uninterrupted writing time. However I end up scheduling things, having that intentional space already created, I know will lead to not only more clarity in my life but also better productivity and better work output.
I would love to hear from you! What are your thoughts on this post? Can you relate to any of the 6 things mentioned above? Let me know on social media (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn) or in the comments below!