I love Og Mandino. Every one of his books is a big winner, in my opinion. He has a way of grabbing my heart in the first few pages and I don’t want the book to finish.
The latest Og Mandino book I’m reading is “The Choice” and is the story of Og Mandino’s own life. Each of us is confronted every single day with many choices that will either help us in our life or send us on a slow downward spiral. The purpose of this article is to get you to focus on what you are doing each and every day, and make the right choices that will move your business forward, and at the same time enrich the lives of you and the people you love.
With an online business we obviously spend a lot of time online. The big problem with this is all the distractions that pull us in every direction – if we let them. Just because you are “busy” doesn’t mean at all that you are doing anything to move your business forward. I know this personally to be true.
Why? You can easily spend an hour or two thinking that you are doing important stuff, but in reality you’re just checking email over and over again, checking out a forum or two, checking your Skype messages and responding to email and Skype again …… and two hours pass and you think you got a lot of work done.
Personally, I think Skype is a huge time waster. It is a lot worse than email. With Skype your sitting there waiting for the other person(s) to type their return message. I encourage you to limit Skype and email to just “checking in” every 2 hours or so. I think every 4 hours would help make you even more productive.
So when I am at my computer to “work” here’s what “works” for me.
First of all I have a definite LIST of what I need to get done. This includes things like
“do a Camtasia video about prospecting”,
“do keyword research on list building”,
“write an article about Facebook” or
“go to my Tribe websites and comment on the new posts they have on their blogs”.
Second, I am very focused on what I am doing. I set a time frame for me getting the Camatasia video done – 30 minutes, including editing it and putting it up on You Tube. But while on You Tube, I can’t go looking around and checking my messages, because then I lose another 30 minutes. When I am done with the video, I take a short 5 minute break and then start on the next item on my list.
What is interesting for me, though, is I need to tie this whole thing DAILY into the bigger vision of what I am shooting for. In other words, when I read out loud my Napoleon Hill method of 6 steps for reaching my goal I think about what I need to accomplish that day. It may be small, but I know it is helping me reach the desired end.
Choice. It boils down to our daily choices. What will be your choice today about moving your business forward?