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Have you been to the bank?

 

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with 86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent/ penny, of course!!!!

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.

Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.

It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.

Each day it opens a new account for you.

Each night it burns the remains of the day.

If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back.

There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”.

You must live in the present on today’s deposits.

Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success!

The clock is running.

Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a per-mature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time.

And remember that time waits for no one.

Yesterday is history

Tomorrow is mystery

Today is a gift

That’s why it’s called the present!!

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.

As a Leader, we pay for things with time and not money.

When we invest in a potential leader in our down line, it is an investment of our time and not our money.

The phrase spending your time is not a symbol, it is how life works. Instead of thinking about what you do and what you buy in terms of money, think about them in terms of time. Think about it. What is worth spending your life on? Seeing your work in that light just may change the way you manage your time.

One of my strengths that I brought to my career was that of time management. I often had people in my down line that constantly complained that they could not afford being in a Direct sales business.

When I talked with them, I would find the real reason they were stuck and inevitably the reason was that they were not willing to invest their time.

Most people that join the direct sales profession do so with an employee mind-set. In other words they are constantly looking for a high (ROI – Return on Investment) of their time.

Anyone that has been in direct sales for more than 30 days will know that the biggest investment everyone makes in this profession is their time.

I believe that “time” management is a weakness.

However, with the right coaching I also believe that this weakness can become one’s strength with the proper outlook.

Working from home can be a double edge sword.  There are so many reasons for wanting to work from home, and each person’s reason is different. Yet once you are able to lose the commute and work from your home, you’ll find that new distractions can arise.

Working from home makes it easy to do, however it is also so easy NOT to do.  The normal distractions of home life can be hard to overcome, as you begin to focus on the opportunity at hand. This is why it is imperative to have a time management plan put in place that works for you.

Here are 5 direct sales time management strategies that will help you stay focused to build a successful business from home.

1. Plan Your Week– First define what your work week will be. Some people choose to work a regular Monday – Friday work week. Others choose to pick random days during the week that fit their family schedule a little better. Others may even choose to work every day, and weekends. Whichever works for you and your business, plan accordingly. Before you work week begins, take about an hour the evening before and plan your week. Figure out what important items need to get done (including household and family obligations) and write them down. Assign which day of the week these tasks need to get done. Then write down other tasks that aren’t pressing, yet need to get done. This way if you find yourself with a little downtime during the week, you can get started on these other tasks. Planning your week in advance helps you stay on task and get things done.

2. Block Out Your Day– Define the times when you will be actively working, and the times when you will be able to do “housekeeping” activities. Do not mix the two together if you can help it. While you are activity working (this task is different for every business owner) do not allow other distractions to come into play. Your time is better spent if you do one task at a time. Multitasking can be helpful, but most of the time it can prolong what you are ultimately trying to accomplish. Turn your email and phone off and concentrate on one specific task at a time. Then when it’s time, open up your email, and voice mails and follow up with those who need it. Blocking out your distractions will help in the long run.

3. Figure Out What Tasks Pay You–Make sure you are spending time on tasks that physically pay you. Many people working from home make the mistake of spending too much time “getting ready to get ready”. Make sure that the majority of your time is spent on activities that will actually earn you income. One way to keep this in check is to ask yourself from time to time: “Is what I’m doing right now actually going to get me paid?”

4. Figure Out Your Productivity Hours– Everyone is different, which also means that everyone works differently. If you are a morning person, you will do better starting off your day with your most important task that needs to get done. If it takes you awhile to get going in the morning, you might do better starting off with less important tasks before tacking your more important ones. Or maybe you’re a night owl who works best when the sun goes down. The benefit of working from home is that you can tailor your work style to what suits you best. Figure out what this is, and you’ll be more productive.

5. Keep a Balance Between Work and Home– The main reasons people want to work from home is because they want to work for themselves and spend more time with their family. The downside of working from home is there are no physical boundaries of work and home. Sometimes it is hard to disconnect from work because of this. However this is something you need to figure out. You need to give yourself permission to not work all the time. There needs to be a good balance between work and play. If you find yourself all the way over to either side, make a plan to balance it out.

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