Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Habits

Habits are what have to be changed in the long run to make changes to a person, a company or a family. Often it seems we need the silver bullet but that doesn't work for long. Eventually the old habits take hold and the old outcomes reappear. Below is a great post by Seth Godin about this topic - enjoy.

Crash diets and good habits


Crash diets don't work.

They don't work for losing weight, they don't work for making sales quota and they don't work for getting and keeping a job.

The reason they don't work has nothing to do with what's on the list of things to be done (or consumed). No, the reason they don't work is that they don't change habits, and habits are where our lives and careers and bodies are made.

If you want to get in shape, don't sign up for fancy diet this or Crossthat the other thing. No, the way to get in shape is to go to the gym every single day, change your clothes and take a shower. If you can do that every single day for a month, pretty soon you'll start doing something while you're there...

If you want to make sales quota, get in the habit of making more sales calls, learning more about your market and generally showing up. If you show up, with right intent, you'll start making sales. The secret isn't a great new pitch or a new pair of shoes. The secret is showing up.

Your audacious life goals are fabulous. We're proud of you for having them. But it's possible that those goals are designed to distract you from the thing that's really frightening you--the shift in daily habits that would mean a re-invention of how you see yourself.

Organizations can always benefit from better habits. Every day. Do that first.

Friday, August 17, 2012

12 Tasks That Killer Employees Always Finish Before Noon

Business Insider recently ran an article on the 12 Tasks That Killer Employees Always Finish Before Noon. Most people believe they are part of the "killer" crowd, including me, so I thought I would read what was written. Below are three of the twelve. Go to the article to see all twelve.

5. They practice a morning ritual. Jensen also recommends instituting a morning routine aside from your exercise routine. Whether you opt to meditate, read the newspaper, or surf the Web, Jensen says "it's important to have that quiet time with just you."

7. They arrive at the office on time. This one is obvious, right? Getting a full night's rest and keeping your sticky fingers off the snooze button should make No. 7 a cakewalk. If you're not a new employee, then you've already figured out the length of your average commute. Allot a safe amount of time to make it to work on schedule.

9. They tackle the big projects first. You can dive right into work upon arriving in the office, since you made your to-do list the night before. And Jensen suggests starting with the hardest tasks. "Don't jump into meaningless projects when you're at your mental peak for the day," he says.

Spend some time reading this article and try to do the points you think will make the biggest difference for you. Enjoy.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Focus, Focus, Focus

In a world filled with an incredible number of distractions it's a wonder that anyone can stay focused. Between tv, movies, radio, the internet, our phones and life in general - it is difficult to focus. This morning I was reading about Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg and the issues they face with focus. An article on Business Insider talked about how Zuckerberg doesn't do angel investing because it would take his focus off of his core business - Facebook. He doesn't feel like he can do his job with Facebook and spend time on other ventures. This was also true with Steve Jobs and Apple - he didn't do angel investing.

Then I started thinking about how this should impact me in my life - what is my focus. During work hours my focus should be 100% on building a great business that will be around for the next 100 years. During the day what do I do that takes my focus off of business? Do I allow non-work things to sneak in and take time?

Staying focused is a difficult discipline because there are so many distractions but the payoff is huge. If it's good enough for Mark and Steve then it's good enough for me.