In this episode, keynote artist Mike Rayburn takes us on a walk through a day in his life and his entrepreneurial journey. We discuss how his performance and innovation-driven business turns a profit, how he utilizes a casita to increase his productivity, and the three things time management comes down to for Mike. We also talk about how majoring in minor things affects your business, Mike’s greatest personal challenge that he battles daily, and the tasks that give him the greatest payoff.
I know you’ll enjoy our interview on letting go and hope you’ll make the effort to let go a little more in your business. To find out the most important thing Mike ever learned and more, sit back, relax, and let’s get to the straight talk!=> Continue Reading
Jim Rohn says, “Time is our most valuable asset. Yet we tend to spend it, kill it, and waste it. Rather than invest it.” How are you investing in your time? Are you using it wisely or wasting it? Productive people become successful people because they consistently invest their time into their best activities. To be able to do that, they say no to more things than most people.
I teach my clients that productivity is investing your best time into your best activities. Simple, right? Well, simple does not mean easy. Every day we wake up and start our day with the intention to be productive but we often get sidetracked and fail to accomplish what we had set out to do. That’s because we often fail to maximize our time even though, “Time is the single most precious commodity in the universe.” (Jupiter Ascending. Dir. Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski. Warner Brothers, 2015.)
You’re a business owner – a busy one I imagine, and one who would love the time to be able to grow your business. The answer is increasing your productivity. The internet is full of tips on how to lose weight, create your own hair mask, fix a computer issue, and don’t even get me started on the vortex that is searching on Pinterest for “Kids Birthday Party Ideas.” The internet is also stocked with tips on how to increase your productivity, so many though, that choosing which ones to implement could be overwhelming.
A new bride proudly cooked her great-grandmother’s brisket recipe that had been passed down generations for her husband, paying special attention to every minute detail. Although delicious, the husband questioned why his wife cut off the ends of the brisket, saying that they were the best part. The young wife replied, “Because that’s how my mother always did it.”
Curious though, the new bride asked her mother why she cut the ends off the brisket before putting it in the roasting pan. “Because that’s how my mother always did it,” she answered. The new bride then asked her grandmother who also said, “Because that’s how my mother always did it.” The new bride finally went to the source and asked her great-grandmother why she cut the ends off the brisket before putting it in the roasting pan. She did not expect her great-grandmother’s answer. “Because my roasting pan was too small to fit the whole brisket,” she laughed. Ah-ha! Needless to say, the new bride never cut the ends off a brisket again.
Clack, clack, clack. The sound of footsteps approaching my office again. It was Sally (we will use the name Sally to protect the innocent) at my office door asking me about a client file. Recently, when I hear the sound of my assistant entering my office I cringe and hold my breath. Could she really need me again? Does she have a question worth answering this time? Does she think I don’t work? How do I make it STOP!?…
Imagine hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of emails in your inbox…
For many of you reading this, you don’t have to imagine much. Your reality is you do have hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of emails in your inbox right now and that’s somewhat understanding. According to research by the Radicati Group, Inc., business email users received and sent an average of 121 emails each day in 2014. That’s more than 44,000 emails per year! You likely lose emails, information, and business opportunities as a direct result of receiving so many emails yet not deciding to act upon them. These costly mistakes too often happen to people just like you who feel overwhelmed. An inbox full of emails is the consequence of delayed decision making, which costs you valuable time that could be put to better, more profitable use.
Taking a vacation often feels like a double-edged sword. Vacation is an opportunity to break free from the daily demands of life. A permission slip to live carefree, slow down, and really enjoy life. Ahhh. The joy of having nothing to do and nowhere to be. Can you feel it? Pure bliss. Then you return back to work and reality hits you like a truck, make that an eighteen wheeler! As if you didn’t already feel behind before your vacation, you return to hundreds of new emails and numerous voicemail messages waiting for you! This scenario can be an overwhelming feeling and give you a bad attitude toward taking vacations. According to Project Time Off research, 40% of American workers cite the heavy workload awaiting their return as the top challenge in taking time off. It does NOT have to be this way. I am going to share with you seven simple strategies I use to be able to enjoy my time off, knowing I’ll have a stress-free return from vacation.
You waste time and you know it. You check Facebook. Watch television. Surf the Internet. You’re hardly alone. Most of us engage in these activities from time to time and are totally aware they’re wasteful uses of our time. I’m not worried about those. We choose to dig those graves and enjoy lying in them. What I’m worried about is the graves we unintentionally dig and fall into haphazardly. You should be worried too! I’m talking about wasting time on repetitive activities that we don’t even realize are wasteful. The good news is it’s possible to recognize those activities, decrease the time it takes to complete them, or totally avoid them altogether. I’ll show you how.
We often overcommit ourselves to activities that don’t bring us closer to our goals or vision of success. Deciding what to delegate is as easy as recognizing the activities that are not maximizing our success. Stop committing to and engaging in those activities. Instead, start delegating them!