In a 2008 survey about New Years resolutions done by Franklin Covey (the author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"), he found that 35 percent of respondents break their resolutions by the end of January, and only 23 percent of those who took the survey said they don't ever break them.
I guess there is some comfort in knowing that I am not alone. I am great at starting things, but not always so great at seeing those projects through to the end. Ever have the same problem?
At a recent office meeting, my broker gave me the book "Eat That Frog!" by Brian Tracy. I thought I would share a few things from the book. I am currently reading chapter 3, which talks about the 80/20 rule, also called the "Pareto Principle". A couple examples used in the book are "20 percent of your activities will result in 80 percent of your results, 20 percent of your customers will account for 80 percent of your sales." The point that is being made in the book is that very often the one or two tasks that would be the most productive things to do, are often the tasks that we procrastinate about doing. Which is why someone can be busy all day long, but at the end of the day they have nothing to really show for their efforts. The idea is to plan your day, and do the "worst first". The activities that we may not want to do.
In real estate it is easy to get side tracked and not focus on the tasks that will generate business. I know I find myself tempted to take care of the tasks on my list that are easy.
I am going to strive to focus on the activities that will be the best use of my time, and who knows maybe I will discipline myself to stop procrastinating, and see projects through to completion.
Make it a productive day!
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