” Habits To Help You Optimize Your Time” written by Bren Koger.
If you must look back, do so forgivingly.
If you must look forward, do so prayerfully.
However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present. Gratefully.”
Habits to Help You Optimize Your Time
I recently wrote a blog on how having fewer choices makes you happier.
In the best selling book, The 4-Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss gives a few more reason why being decisive is so important for success.
The time and energy you spend making a decision and wondering if you made the right decision is time and energy you could be spending on problem solving and thinking of new ideas. Attention is necessary for productivity.
Attention Does Not Help You Optimize Your Time
Attention is a currency and is not renewable.
We only have so much brain power and with approximately 50,000 thoughts in a day and most of those repetitive thoughts. What we choose to think about can be the difference in how quickly we achieve our goals.
Good leaders in every walk of life make decisions quickly and firmly-Napoleon Hill.
How to Become a Decisive Leader
Here are a few tips to help you become a more decisive leader in any area of your life.
Don’t postpone decisions just to avoid uncomfortable conversations. If you know you are not going to attend something, let the person know right away. Don’t waste valuable time and energy hemming and hawing about it. Be truthful, courteous and direct in your response and you will save yourself a lot of back and forth wasted energy.
Learn to make non-fatal non-reversible decisions in 5 minutes. If you take even 30 minutes of time deliberating over a $10 savings you are losing money. If you make $50 per hour you’ve lost $40! You already know in your gut what the decision is. Trust your first instinct and try to make non-reversible decisions in five-ten minutes. Get good at making decisions quickly and firmly.
Make non returnable purchases We have all experienced buyers remorse at one time or another. LET IT GO! It’s a waste of time and energy! Again, if you make $50 per hour in your job. If you are wasting time and energy on second guessing your purchase and returning it to the store, you are losing a lot more value than that thing you are considering returning.
Don’t provoke deliberation before you can take action. An example of this would be checking your email or snail mail on a friday night when you can’t do anything about it until Monday, Wait until you can take action before you open an email or letter that has the potential to cause concern or worry.
Stop clipping coupons If your’e spending an hour coupon clipping to save $5 on high carb food that you wouldn’t normally buy and depletes you energy, You are potentially losing $45.
Use a virtual assistant to make decisions for you If a decision will cost you less than $100 let a virtual assistant make the decision for you. We have a virtual assistant who works for us full time. It’s taken our business to the next level to have this full time employee.
P.S. A few things you should stop now to help optimize your time….
8 Habits to Stop Now
- Do not answer calls from unrecognizable phone numbers, Let it go to voicemail. Use a service that allows you to get voicemail as texts.
- Do not email first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
- Do not agree to meeting or calls without a clear agenda and time frame.
- Do not let people who call you ramble on and on. When you answer your phone say, “What’s up” as opposed to “How are you.”
- Do not check email constantly. Batch you emails and set up a strategic auto responder.
- Do not over communicate with high-maintenance, low-profit customers. Let them go.
- Do not carry a cell phone 24/7. Leave it in the car or home if you go out to dinner.
- Do not expect work to fill a void that non work should fill.
In the classic book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill he devotes an entire chapter to the importance of decision making…
“Those who reach DECISIONS promptly and definitely, know what they want, and generally get it. The leaders in every walk of life DECIDE quickly, and firmly. That is the major reason why they are leaders. The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.”- Napoleon Hill
Do yourself a favor and practice being decisive this week. Practice making decisions within 5 minutes and don’t second guess yourself. Stop returning purchases.
Look into getting a virtual assistant to help you with your small tasks. Embrace the choice minimal lifestyle!
Here’s to your success!
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