Before I started my direct sales business, I couldn’t imagine adding one more commitment to my already very busy schedule.
I was engaged. We were in the throes of wedding planning. I was facing corporate downsizing and looking for another job. I was serving on two non-profit boards. I’d just started a side business doing freelance new media consulting. How could I possibly add one more thing to my plate?
After a week of further examination into this particular direct sales company, I decided that I may be crazy to jump into it, but I may be crazier NOT to do it…so I jumped in with both feet. You can see how all of that panned out by clicking here.
I wish I could say I discovered a magic wand that mysteriously adds more time into my schedule, (and if you find one, please let me know!) but the truth is, I’ve been able to pay off more than $20K in debt, setup a solid emergency fund, give more generously to causes we care about, earn free vacations, (and more) through my direct sales company (while also working a full-time job) by better managing my time.
Whether you’re considering a direct sales business as well or just looking to accomplish a big ol’ goal, here are 6 tips to help you succeed when you feel overwhelmed and/or like you don’t have enough time:
#1. Make your goals a priority.
Are you a people-pleaser like me? I used to hate telling people “no.” Any time someone would ask me to do something, I would always find a way to make it happen, often forgoing my own personal fulfillment and/or productivity. The thing is, saying “no” is a healthy thing to do. There’s no way you can possibly accomplish everything you want to do, PLUS everything else everyone else hopes you’ll do. You HAVE to make your business and your goals a priority. If you don’t, no one else will. If you start feeling guilty about making time for your business, just think of your future self and how good it will feel to accomplish those goals and move your business forward. We’re not talking about 40 or even 20 hours a week here. Maybe just 5 to 10 hours a week, which boils down to 1-2 hours a day. Maybe this requires getting up a little earlier, staying up a little later, or just turning off the TV and replacing TV time with business time. Prioritize your business just like you prioritize working out or eating lunch. Your business goals are equally as important.
#2. Set clear, attainable goals with action steps and deadlines.
To make sure I’m hitting my monthly goals, I break them down into weekly and daily goals tied to just a few specific tasks. Accomplishing these simple tasks often takes me anywhere from 15 minutes a day up to an hour each day. Because I know where I’m going and determined the actions to get there, when it comes down to doing them each day, it’s very simple to make them happen alongside my other scheduled commitments.
#3. Commit to consistent daily activity.
This is where so many people fall off the bandwagon…and admittedly where I’ve stumbled too! It’s very easy to be hot and cold with goals and the activities to get there – similar to exercising. If you want to lose 10 pounds, in addition to eating more healthy, you also need to burn more calories daily than you consume. To be effective, you should focus on 20-40 minutes of exercise each day. Putting in two 2-hour workouts each month, is probably NOT going to meet your weight loss goal. It’s the same idea with your business…the revenue-producing activities compound over time. Speaking with 3-4 people every day for a month will get you MUCH farther than speaking with two large chunks of people in a given month. Success in direct sales is all about following a few simple steps every single day. It’s way more fun and way less stressful to find 20-30 minutes in your calendar at a time versus 2-3 four-hour windows of time.
#4. Follow the system.
Success in direct sales is all about systems. Our company has a very specific start-up system for new consultants. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel! This is one of my very favorite parts about direct sales because, unlike starting a business from scratch, most companies have a tried-and-true plan to use that other successful direct sales entrepreneurs have followed. That’s how average people can earn six-figure monthly incomes in this industry…because the systems are simple and duplicatable. Don’t get caught up trying to make your own systems. Just use what your company (or prospective company) provides. It gives me peace of mind to know the program I use is what other leaders in our company use and we’re all experiencing incredible results because of it.
#5. No multi-tasking.
Did you know you’re making your brain work harder when you multi-task? Multi-talking sends the brain too many signals. When you have 15 minutes to focus on your business, focus solely on your business. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted with other things. What happens is you start doing one thing…then you get de-railed by something else…and then something else…and before you know it the 15 minutes is gone and you’ve accomplished nothing. When I’m working on my business I shut off all distractions and get to work. Sometimes this requires telling your significant other, children, and other important people, “I’m sorry guys, but I need the next 20 minutes to focus on just one thing. As soon as I’m done, I’ll be right here and we can chat about (X).”
#6. Believe you can do it.
The biggest reason so many people fail in this industry is because of self-doubt. Know that you have what it takes. Believe it. Own your dreams and take responsibility for seeing them through. In addition to believing in yourself…you have to believe you have the time too. We’re all given the same amount of hours in a day, but how you spend them is what counts. You and I have the same amount of time as Oprah, Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg. Stop saying “I don’t have time.” and replace it with “I’m making the time to make it happen.” Or “I’m finding the time to make it happen.” That trains our brain to look for those small windows of potential productivity.
I can’t wait to hear how implementing these tips helps YOU meet your goals. They’ve sure helped me and my team!
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