After last month you should now have a well penned list of all your daily tasks, jobs, duties whatever you want to call them. If you haven’t got a list then maybe a pile of papers with neat writing on, okay stop scratching your head I will accept the pocket load of scraps.
So what am I hoping you have on these bits of paper? The task you performed, when you done it, how long it took you, do you like it and is it making you a dollar. For example, invoiced last month’s jobs, Wednesday evening, it took four hours, would rather been at soccer training with mates and it made $38,495. Great now we have a list that’s three pages long, has the best stats on it, so what? Now we have to make a difference with it. The secret here is the following tips can make a difference but not on their own. A tip or advice is only worth the paper it is written, it can only become priceless if you actually use it. As simple and basic as that sounds it’s the best tip you can get. Look at it this way, how many books have you read on business, how many seminars with inspirational speakers have told you stuff, how many times has your accountant told you to do something, has your mate ever said don’t do that way try this? Here’s the kicker, have you ever managed to do any of it? I don’t mean have the best intentions or the absolute resolve to want to do it but actually get around to doing it. I will fill you in with the “why it never makes the cut” scenario it goes like this nine times out of ten.
“That’s great advice I can see how that will make all the difference.” “Monday morning that’s all I am going to work on.”
Monday comes, you are all hyped up, you sit at the desk and………..the phone rings, that annoying text bleep comes out of your phone, you glance at the laptop and there are eight (if you are lucky) emails. The phone call was from Mrs Bucket complaining the kitchen cupboards were meant to be avocado not lime. The text was letting you know Arnold’s not coming to work today as he has an ingrowing toe nail. The first two emails were end of month statements. The next one was a spam add for pills you don’t need but the forth was a request for you to price a Russian billionaires holiday pad, approximately $15 million. So what takes priority here? Old Bucket is forgotten, the statements well they can wait, Arnold who’s Arnold, now a new beach batch the size of a small eight star hotel. Come on we are only human. So the changes that will actually mean you will make a profit and not a life changing loss from the batch gets put aside and life goes on.
So tip number one, if the advice is going to make a world of difference make sure it becomes priority number one. The small somewhat insignificant stuff will make you the big money. What’s this got to do with a pile of scrap paper you have been collecting? They are a boring, small change that will take huge amounts of self-control and will power to make a difference but can make a big difference if you can manage it. “Come on the papers, what do I do with them?” keep writing them for another month, for two reasons, one the more stats we have the better answers we can ream from them and two for the 89% of you the never got around to writing anything you have a second chance now. Get your pens out and we will act on it next time.