The most common excuse I hear from my clients when they fail to implement and don’t get the results they were targeting is TIME. I constantly find myself asking groups if there is anyone who has more than 168 hours in a weeks. Time is rarely the issue. It is a matter of priorities.
But there is an underlying factor that slows down implementation. Being in control. If you feel out of control, you will not operate effectively. I think a simple indicator of whether or not you are in control is the number of emails in your inbox at any point in time. I have a performance standard to keep my inbox below 10 emails and as a result, I always feel as though I am in control.
Let me tell you about the week just finished:
- I travelled to and from New Zealand and dealt with a three hour time difference
- I facilitated a mini planning session with a three partner accounting firm
- I ran a session with the whole team of that accounting firm
- I presented a workshop to 200 business owners
- I had three one to one conference calls with partners of accounting firms
- I presented four webinars
- I attended a dinner with 23 accountants
- I ran a two day strategic planning workshop for nine accounting firms
Pretty tough week. Sure – but I only have two emails in my inbox and I feel in control and ready for whatever next week has to throw at me.
If you want to operate at your peak, you MUST get yourself organized. I closed the planning workshop on Friday evening by apprising the group of the week that was and making it very clear that lack of time is a lame excuse in my book. If you want results, get your life under control, deal with distractions and implement like crazy.
If you’re a member of Proactive Accountants Network, check out a live recording of my webinar, 22 tips to free up time, reduce stress and get things done. You’ll find it here: http://bit.ly/HhtdkS. And I don’t want to hear that you didn’t have time to watch it!