One of the biggest struggles we have in business, myself included, is to set and follow through on our goals. Once we have established reasonable goals for ourselves, we need to be able to execute on a Plan to get them done.
However, what normally happens is we start out well, but slowly we start to drift away from what needs to be done on a daily basis. Either we miss a day here and there and fail to get back on track, or we are not motivated enough to achieve what we are after.
There are a number of reasons why this happens to us all but I have found one technique that really helps me to get many things done on time, over and over again.
The key ingredient that ensures that I put the time in to achieving my goals has always been…
By setting regular intervals in my calendar of when I need to do things throughout the day, really helps me stay on track and follow through to get things done. My calender on my phone, reminds me early in the morning of what needs to be done that day, and at what time. I know if I’m to be successful in business then I need to put the time in.
Once the time block has arrived I shut my office door and get at it. This has had huge payoffs for me over the last few years. Simply pushing forward with my tasks on a regular basis brings gradual and consistent results!
I know my business is better than yesterday because I take action each day. If I miss a day, no big deal, I make up for it the following day.
Here’s an example to illustrate what I’m talking about.
Let’s say we have an Agent that has decided based on their yearly goals to phone 5 people each and every morning between the hours of 9 and 10am. By contacting this many people each day will assure them of hitting their goal.
They Time Block this time each morning and close their office door. This way there are no distractions. They shut off Facebook and Twitter. They turn off the radio and concentrate on making their calls. They make the 5 calls each and every morning and as the weeks go by they start to see the fruits of their labor.
Because Real Estate is a contact sport, we need to contact as many people as we can. The more people we get to talk to, the better chance we have of finding more business.
By Time Blocking, we focus all our attention on that particular task.
You can use time blocking for many activities, not just phone calls. Here are some things that you can block time for.
- Working out each day
- Lead Generation
- Door Knocking
- Working with Buyers
- Listing Appointments
- Family Time
These are all great things you can put in your calendar to do often. This way you are working hard to be successful and making progress all the time.
Here’s another tip you can try if you are having trouble staying focused.
Try using an egg timer or stopwatch. Set it for 20 or 30 minutes and work hard for that time. When you are done, take a break, get a coffee, reward yourself with a healthy snack! Then set it again for another 20 or 30 minutes and work hard again.
Within a few days you will have done way more than you have done in most weeks or even months. By staying focused and blocking the time, we ensure that the things that need to get done are getting done!
Here’s a link to an online egg timer you can use. EGG TIMER
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