Productivity Rule #9

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Does anyone ever do anything great alone? The Law Of The Inner Circle, in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, claims our potential is determined by those closest to us. As I reflect on any past successes I have enjoyed, truly they were because of the people who have come along side and helped me get there. Achieving greatness in your organization takes a village.  So how do you find your village?  You don’t!  You will have to create it!Networking

It is commonly known that we attract who we are.  “Birds of a feather flock together.”  So the first obvious thing to do is to take inventory of your life; make any course corrections you need to in order to become the type of person you desire to attract.  Many people see this as a process, I however, believe it can also be an event when and if you have the right “why” behind it.  (I call this “getting your mind right.”)

Once you have gotten your mind right, have a vision of who you are, what you do and who your target audience is just go out and make friends!  Show up everywhere your target audience will be.  Remember “birds of a feather…”

Seek to build relationships with those who add value to the lives of others.  They will also add value to you.  Seek to serve those whom you want to work with.  Look for ways you can add value to their lives and focus on follow-up.  If you make a committment, keep that committment.  It will say a lot about who you are.

Seek relationships also with people whose strengths are in areas of your weakness.  They will bring huge value to you and help you get where you desire to go so much faster and more efficiently than you ever imagined possible.  Chances are your strengths will add great value to them as well.

If you have taken the time to align your actions with your values, get clear on your message and have prepared to deliver a world-class product or service then get out there and network!  The opportunity is on its way!  Remember what they say:

“Luck = Opportunity & Preparation Meeting!”

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

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Free Quick Fix’s

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ProductivitySolutionsTwo days ago; in my post on ritual rhythm; I shared how we can ride a wave of productivity every day and achieve more than we ever thought possible.

Today I would like to share with you a process I completed in my own business that has greatly increased our teams effectiveness, time management, organization and overall productivity.  As with anything it takes a slight up front investment in time but once you get it up and running it’s smooth, efficient sailing!

Ultimately you are capitalizing productivity through effective use of technology.  One of the issues we were having was scheduling conflicts.  We were always having to check with each other to see if time was available to schedule this, that or the other thing.  Know-one knew what the others availability was.

The solution was simple. We all started using google calendar and shared our calendars.  Now we can immediately view one another’s calendars, (in real-time) make client commitments and notify everyone involved with one mouse click.  We can confirm the appointment with the client on the spot with no need for future follow-up.  Free fix!

Next we set google calendar alarms to notify us of appoints via text messages.  We even set “leave now” alarms so we are never late for an appointment.  Another free fix!

For file sharing we installed Dropbox so we can all access the working files in real-time.  This was a $9.99 per month investment.  As our need grows and projects become more interactive we will begin using a project management program called Asana.  Another free fix for up to 33 users.

Lastly, we are using Evernote for clipping things from the web, note taking and file and receipt storage.  It’s so cool!  As an aspiring writer one of the things I do every day is read and file.  Filing quotes in Evernote is wonderful!  You can just scan them in as a pdf file and joila!  Now when you want to talk about courage (for example) you type the word in, hit search and all the articles referencing that word are pulled up and ready for your review.  You can even scan your home depot receipts in and search that way.   When you want to make a return, no more searching for the receipt.  It’s in your evernote.  You just grab your iPad and head off to the store.   When you get there, you type in “Home Depot,” the receipt pulls up complete with the bar code.  The store scans it and completes the exchange.  It’s been a great way to go paperless and have a rock’in filing system that you can literally take with you everywhere you go!

Those are the big three that, if implemented, will give you an immediate return on your investment.  Remember though, ultimately excellence in time management still remains in our human hands!

Time Management Is Self Management (liesthatlimit.wordpress.com)

Onward & Upward My Friends,  Lisa