Monday, May 14, 2007

STOP! Procrastinating in your Urban Botanic business

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If you've been in party plan for any length of time, you are probably familiar with the 80/20 rule. This rule, stated simply, says that 20% of the people on your team do 80% of the work.

In Brian Tracy's book EAT THAT FROG, he puts the 80/20 rule in terms of procrastination. He says that if you have a list of 10 “to-do's” … “only two of those items turn out to be worth as much or more than the other eight items put together.”

He also says that while all the items on the list may take about the same amount of time to accomplish that one or two will actually “contribute five or ten times the value of any of the others…” So, the 80/20 rule applies in what you do each day as well. He suggests that you “resist the temptation to clear up small things first…whatever you choose to do over and over, eventually becomes a habit that is hard to break. If you choose to start your day on low-value tasks, you will soon develop the habit of always starting and working on low-value tasks. This is not the kind of habit you want to develop or keep.”

Me…procrastinate….NO WAY! Start piddling with little things before I get to important things like booking parties or scheduling recruiting appointments? OF COURSE NOT! Uh, well…oops…maybe just a couple of things… OK, OK, true confessions…here's the list of things I have come up with that I am totally guilty of and need to (obviously) change in light of what Brian Tracy has to say.

* E-MAIL…the number one culprit. Oh my, I can blink and two hours will be gone.

* Good Morning America…start to watch it just to make the bed at 7:30 and all of a sudden I'm sucked into Oprah…

* Chit chat with friends who know early A.M. is a great time to reach me.

* Read the newspaper (just to get a couple of email ideas)

* Order some things online, because THAT'S easier than phone calls!

Unbelievable, how in the world is it noon already? Guess it's time for lunch…what does the cooking channel have on today? AND, what should I make for dinner, and now I think I'd better run to the grocery, AND, now the kids are home from school and they need my attention, AND, AND, AND…

Hey Brian….did you spy on me before you wrote that book?

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