Recently I learned a very important lesson I want to pass on to you.
Lately, I have been on a webinar and research frenzie, trying to grab all the information I can possibly put my hands on to work on growing my business and providing the best I can to my clients and everyone else who is interested in getting organized.
I signed up for so many webinars, I can't even count them. I downloaded so many e-books, I ended up gathering such an extensive virtual library of information, I will probably never get a chance to read it all.
As a result of signing up for all those webinars, I ended up on so many mailing lists and my in-box was filled daily to the max. Everyday I would receive emails from marketers, coaches and other experts who wanted me to sign up for this or go to that...it was really getting out of hand.
It got to the point I had to put on the brakes. It was taking so much of my time to do all this, I was not spending enough time on what was really important. I have always wanted to provide as much content and information as possible and spending so much time receiving instead of giving was causing an imbalance in my business and my personal life.
So, I made a choice to stop all the noise. I removed myself from all but a few mailing lists of the people I was most interested in receiving information from. I reset my limits as to how much time I take each day to review the information I do receive.
I took a good hard look at how I was spending my time and refocused. I began by making a list of all the things I needed to do in order to work on my business, not just work in it, and scheduled time in my calendar for them. This included all the writing I do (besides this blog), networking, joint venture meetings, creating products, following up with potential clients, connecting on Facebook and Linked-In, answering email, and working with my in-home clients. I set guidelines for myself as to how long to allot for these tasks and when they would be done. Now, these important things take precedence again. If there is any time left over, I will listen to a webinar or two, or download an e-book I actually intend to read.
Bottom line, I cut out all the noise so I could hear what was really important. I now have my balance back and it feels sooooo good!
So, what noise can you cut out of your life so you can hear what is really important? I'd love to hear from you.
I hope you can cut out some of your own noise but, if not, and you need some assistance, let me know. I am here to help.
Until next time, have a great week.