Reflect & Revamp – Part II
This is the part II of the Reflect & rejuvenates blog series. If you have not had a chance to read my previous blog post in 2017, Reflect & Revamp – Part I, please do so before reading ahead.
Now that we have a better idea of how we got here, let’s be strategic and intentional with our 2018 Revamp!
Here are my top 3 tips for revamping your business and your personal life to optimize 2018 to the fullest!
TIP 1: Be absolutely stingy with your time
As mentioned in Part I, time is the most valuable currency. Therefore, you must be absolutely 100% stingy with your time. I will warn you that this may take a bit of a getting used to as many people may accuse you of acting stuck up or arrogant. Have no fear! By taking the necessary steps to move forward to optimize your time, you are sending the Universe a message that you are dead serious of getting the most of your 24 billion dollar investment of your energy. If this excites you, proceed with your reading and be ready to implement with action!
Step 1: I love this one from Tim Ferris, the author of the 4 Hour Work Week (hyper link here). After you have a made a list of your daily to-do’s, or your goals for 2018, take a good look to see which one(1) item on the list will make others either 1) irrelevant, meaning you won’t have to do them anymore after accomplishing that one goal and 2) which will yield the most return.
Step 2: Be comfortable saying no and turning invitations and seeming opportunities down. Saying no will be even more powerful than saying yes. We are wired to easily agree and say yes so you must train yourself to say no affirmatively with conviction. After a while, you will feel great for declining an offer because you will realize that every no that comes out of your mouth is a yes for a better opportunity for you and your business.
Step 3: Enjoy the process, and still be about the bottom line and implement a result focused process. Not everything has to be this or that; it can be this and that! You can enjoy the process, the journey and still be focused on the bottom line and implement the strategies and action steps with the result focused mindset and develop those very processes that will lead to results.
Perhaps the bottom line that you are trying to reach does not merit an in person meeting. I am absolutely stingy with setting up in person meetings. I almost always first start with email correspondence; followed by a 15-30 minute conference call (after a proposed email agenda has been received and confirmed) and selectively schedule an in person meeting only if the meeting has a high probability of yielding a high gain that warrants an in person meeting. There are very few exceptions to this rule because I am absolutely stingy with my time, and I am a millennial business woman. Remember, there are many other millennial professionals and entrepreneurs who play by a similar rule so get on board for 2018!
TIP 2: Be as specific as possible in setting the agenda
The more specific a goal is, the more likely you are to achieve it. We need specificity to succeed, period. Most of us shy away from specificity because it puts many people off. I have found from my experience as an entrepreneur, attorney and a consultant, and even in my personal life that people are often turned off with someone who seek specific information only when they are unclear about their deliverables.
To me, this is always a red flag. It’s not what we answer to, but more often the questions that we ask, that will make others shift their perception in how they view your business savviness. Start by adopting a simple step. The next time someone wants to have a business meeting to discuss some opportunities, politely ask them to shoot you over an email. Reply to that email and ask them to clarify a proposed agenda for the meeting. This will force the person to be specific. If the answer is not clear enough, ask for clarification and schedule the meeting only if you feel that has a high probability of yielding a return on your business and schedule just enough time to cover the specific agenda.
This seems very basic, but enough of us practice this. Most Millennials are about the bottom line. We are turned off by the fluff and the unnecessary information that does not add much value to the crux of what is being discussed or offered.
This is a great business tip in general, and especially if you are looking to work with Millennials. Be about the bottom line and stick to the specific agenda! The best conference call I have had was with another millennial professional where we took exactly these following steps in getting to know each other’s platforms. We got off the phone in a short time, with a clear understanding and action steps and no one’s ego was bruised because we were specific and result focused during our conference call. We can always have coffee later.
TIP 3: Do less and thereby achieve more
Go back and read Step 1 of Tip 1 above. No need to do every single thing on your list. In fact, the shorter the list, the better it is. Every day, you should identify one (1) thing, and only that one thing that is singularly most important. Again, you determine that importance by Tim Ferris’s formula: 1) What is the one thing that will make all the other things on the list irrelevant and 2) What is the one thing that will yield the most return on the investment of your previous time.
Doing less is so important so we can conserve our energy for what’s most important. Often, doing less and utilizing the rest of the time for self-care and relaxation can help guide the most return on yourself and your business. After having several burn outs, I had to learn this lesson the hard way. Learn this lesson from me.
Whether you are an executive at a fortune 500 company, a small business owner, or a founder of a start-up, do less and achieve more and take as must time for your self-care as much as possible for your business to reach its optimal success in 2018!