I learned this the hard way when I first started in real estate back in the 1980s. The office manager instructed me to follow this rule but I simply did not believe the busiest person is the most productive one in any setting. When I needed help creating and ordering flyers to use the first week I was an agent, I instead asked a woman who looked like she was not busy at all. She dropped the ball, my flyers were not ready on time, and I lost an entire weekend of prospecting. Now I understand and follow this in my personal life and business.
If you want someone to help you with something, ask the busiest person you know. This is true for several reasons:
- The busiest person has built a reputation around getting things done
- A busy person who is successful has developed systems for everything they do
- Busy people take responsibility for their actions and that leads to productivity.
Of course, there are exceptions. Some people are “crazy busy” and run around in circles. Others have mastered the art of looking busy and avoid being asked to help. And then there is the person who honestly believes everything they are engaged in has merit, while the truth is that they could use the 80/20 Rule to spend 80% of their time on the 20% of their activities that are the most important and meaningful.
Time is allotted to all of us in equal servings. We all have the same twenty-four hours in each day. Yet how we choose to spend these hours will mean the difference between living the life we choose and constantly chasing the freedom that having enough time may bring. What follows here is a five part system I have created to ensure your time is well spent on every task and activity you engage in. These five parts include:
- Follow Through
By taking the time to prioritize what we wish to accomplish each day we set ourselves up for success. Take a look at the to-do list you created or updated last evening. What one or two things are the most important ones for you to complete today? Move them to the top of your list. What can be moved to the bottom of your list or carried over until tomorrow or later in the week? Which items can be delegated to others or eliminated completely?
Once your to-do list is categorized by level of importance you will take the next step in this process. This is the time to evaluate each item on your list for today in terms of how long it may take you to see it through to completion, the people and resources that will be needed, and how you will approach it so that you can do your best possible work in the time you have allotted.
Scheduling Your Time
Scheduling your time is an important step often omitted by business owners. Think back to a time when you worked at a job or were involved in a project that depended on everything happening within a stringent time frame. I highly recommend embracing this concept as you work towards your goals. Make appointments with yourself to ensure completion of important tasks and projects. Keeping a schedule honors your time and allows you to give each task and activity the respect it deserves.
Delegation involves outsourcing work to others. We must embrace this concept in our lives and businesses to achieve our goals in a timely manner. Most of the time those helping me are able to complete the tasks much better than I could do myself, and definitely more quickly. In other cases my helpers are working on things I have no idea how to do, like various aspects of technology. If it is technical or clerical it makes no sense at all for me to get involved. What can you delegate and to whom, beginning today? Utilizing this strategy is the number one reason the busiest person is the most productive; they have freed up the time necessary to be busy with tasks and projects only they can do in a way that makes them lots of money!
Putting the first four of the strategies in the system I am sharing with you here will not be as effective as they could be unless you follow through with everything you do. This takes time and effort I find most people are not willing to implement and include in their personal and business life plan. You will be different because you will believe what I am telling you here. You understand that becoming a high performer and achiever in life requires more than the basics.
The busiest person is the most productive, not by accident but due to the fact they are more purposeful with everything they do.
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