Stop Putting Out Fires

productivity Apr 24, 2019

What FIRE are you putting out today? (or should I say how MANY)

 

STOP... do not let that issue take up any more of your brain space. Unless it's an ACTUAL fire, then obviously go put that out!

We are all guilty of this. We wake up thinking of all the things we need to get done and the first thing we do is check our email and there is ALWAYS an email/phone call of an issue that makes you want to scream.

Let this sink in for a minute... unless you work with life and death, that issue is not going to be the end of the world!

I get it is easier said than done because I WAS that person who was up at 3am because I can't sleep thinking of all the things I need to get done but then get sucked down the FIRE hole because I read an email from a VERY unhappy parent and they are going to withdraw their kid...and begin the downward spiral of me getting NOTHING done until I respond to that, hear back from the parent and talk to the staff about it! 

Guess what??? It's now NOON and all those things you were thinking about at 3am STILL haven't been done because you were dealing with the current FIRE.

I have listened to so many webinars, seminars, workshops that tell you to save all of your "reactive" work until the afternoon and do all your "proactive" work in the morning. Yeah right!

That may work for people who don't have to be the owner, receptionist, HR supervisor, Toilet cleaner...you get the point. Local business owners wear all the hats. We don't have the privilege to just put EVERYTHING on hold until the clock tells us too.   

So my goal for this blog is for you to take away REAL ACTIONABLE STEPS that you can do to make your life and business easier... So here goes!

ACTIONABLE STEP - BABY STEPS; Tomorrow when you wake up do NOT check your email for 30 minutes, the next day make it 35, the day after that make it 40 and so on until you can get to a designated time. Use that time to work on just one of the things that woke you up at 3am and see what happens.

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