Just Get it Done and Move on
The average person who develops the habit of setting clear priorities and getting important tasks completed quickly will run circles around a genius who talks a lot and makes wonderful plans but who gets very little done. ~Brian Tracy
My amazing husband John has a favorite saying which I love:"The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer." As a direct sales coach and trainer, I deal with procrastination with my clients on a weekly basis. I can tell you from experience that the best laid plans will only support you if you actually implement them! And sometimes, getting what you want requires that you complete tasks that don't exactly float your boat. That's just the way life works.
The above quote by Brian Tracy is taken from his book "Eat That Frog." (check it out below). His point is basically this: if you have a task that isn't fun, it only gets worse if you put it off. Hence the concept of "eating the frog" or doing the least desirable task first off in your work day.
Take a few minutes today and think about those tasks in your direct sales business that you don't like to do but that, if ignored, will impact your business in a negative way. Go ahead! Write them on a 3X5 card right now. I'll list a few below to get you started:
- Those dreaded phone calls (including follow-up calls, hostess calls, team support calls, you name it)
- Balancing your bank statement
- Filing orders and host information
- Cleaning off your desk
- Sorting and processing e-mails
You get the idea. Come up with a list of at least five. Now post that list somewhere where you'll see it every day and make a promise to yourself that you'll choose at least one item off of the list every morning and do it first. By the end of each week, you'll have devoured the frog and your business will be in a much better place because of it!
See? Simple, right? Tell me what you think of this and share your tools for eliminating procrastination in your life and business. I'd love to know how you manage this.
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Julie Anne Jones is a direct sales corporate consultant, coach, and trainer, and the CEO of Julie Anne Jones, Inc. She is known for her authentic and easy-to-use scripting and specializes in specific systems, language, and tools for success in direct sales. To learn more about Julie Anne and her products and services, and to read her weekly blog posts, visit her at www.julieannejones.com.