Many people make New Year's Resolutions of what they are going to do for the new year. Here are a few of mine:
- Spend more time with Friends and Family in real life, verses liking them on Facebook;
- Eat and drink more health consciously;
- Loose 20 pounds by June;
- Ski, hunt and fish more;
However, one thing I am already implementing is "perfecting the un-subscribe"!
To live a happy and healthy life, we need to remove the negative toxins that impact our lives and replace them with things that stimulate our dopamine levels (pleasure sensors). Make a conscious effort to "un-subscribe" from things that don't add value to your life! Here are a few quick things you can do that will have a quick impact:
- As you begin getting emails this new year, feel free to click "unsubscribe". If you don't get a direct benefit from someone that pushes you onto their email spam list, unsubscribe. You can also search by their email address and delete all the crap from last year too!
- Unfollow people on Facebook, Twitter, etc. At least on Facebook, you can "unfollow" them without removing them. This way, you don't have to see all their drama unless it brings value to you.
- Quit going to meetings for the sake of going to meetings. If you don't get enough value back out for the time to get there and being being there, do something else. If you have to be there, at least sit in the back corner and work on your laptop. (grin). Is it better for your business to go to fun local real estate meeting surrounded by your peers who won't send you referrals or to go to a Chamber of Commerce lunch with people trying to grow their business and exposure in the community?
- Re-allocate time to do more of what you like to do instead of just doing things. For example, if you volunteer for a charity, volunteer using your passion for that charity (i.e. instead of working at a fund raising event, maybe volunteer at a ski or summer camp.
- Learn to do a better job of mixing business and pleasure. If you enjoy going out to eat/drink, never do it alone. Invite a business prospect so you can possibly grow your business and worse case scenerio, you can write it off as a business expense.
- Quit taking your continuing education classes locally! If you are a Realtor, odds are no other local residential Realtor is going to refer business to you. Therefore, look where the most people are moving into your area from and start taking your continuing education and designation courses there! A second option is to take them where you want to go for vacation. Your CPA can probably show you how to write off all or part of the trip.
- Unsubscribe to DRAMA. Drama is a ravenous beast, the best way to defeat it is to starve it to death. Don't enable it - ignore it and move on.
Happy New Year and wishing you a very successful and prosperous 2018 from Jim Paulson, Owner/Broker of Progressive Realty Corporation in Boise, Idaho!