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Try These Calendar and Time Productivity Hacks for Success in Direct Sales
On today’s show, I’m going to share some ideas on how to time block for success and sanity in your direct sales business. Do you ever feel scattered about how to get off your own personal treadmill? Wonder how to manage a life, perhaps a job and a family, and still build a business. Let’s cover some productivity ideas in today’s show.
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Time Blocking in Your Calendar For Direct Sales Success
It’s crazy how we can get on a treadmill of our own creation, juggling too many balls, and not keeping many in the air. You know what I mean, right?
If we aren’t careful, we can begin to feel so overwhelmed that we just want to quit the whole thing. But, that’s not a solution we want, either.
There are many facets to building a successful direct sales business, and if we aren’t careful, we will wear ourselves out and lose track of the things that matter most to us….like our family, our own health and self care and the reasons we started a business to begin with.
I want to teach you how to build this business part time, with a full time mindset as you also handle the other important parts of your life.
When I first started my direct sales business, I had an all or nothing mindset – if I couldn’t spend 2-3 hours working my business, I just wasn’t going to do anything at all.
I was coming at it from an employee mindset.
Things totally changed for me when I learned to block time and chunk time.
On the last show, Show 208, I talked about the passion planner for productivity success. This tool is one I highly recommend.
And, they have a referral program, and it’s not an affiliate program. If you order, I would love if you would enter my email address into the box that asks who referred you – jackieulmer @ gmail.com – and while I already have ordered mine for the year, I love using these as rewards and giveaways, even for the show!
So, let’s talk about blocking and chunking your calendar.
Here’s how it works:
Be sure your why and goals are written in your Passion Planner so they are visible and front and center every day, and at all times throughout the day.
Otherwise, the excuses and procrastination will pile up, right? Most of us have been there.
We are ALL already busy beyond belief, stressed to the max. And, now we have this crazy direct sales business we have added in, and how are we ever going to find the time?
So, knowing your why will help you MAKE the time, because you will never find the time.
I put everything on my calendar and create a to do list in my calendar. It’s all in one place.
So, start each week with writing in all of the things that are a must do, as in non-negotiable in your life.
These are examples of things to write in there first.
Now, look at the time that is left and see how you can squeeze in small blocks of time to do this VERY important income producing activities.
If you can create a POWER HOUR each day, then do it.
That is one hour that you focus on nothing but income producing activities.
No email, unless you are following up with a customer or prospect.
No training or conference calls.
NOTHING but those key things that lead you to growth and income.
Contacting, inviting, presenting and following up.
Phone, text, email, Facebook message, smoke signal – whatever – this is what your power hour is for.
If you can’t find an hour, create that hour by finding four 15 minute segments each day. EVERYONE can make this time, if they are serious and committed.
For other passive marketing things, such as blogging and content creation, find chunks of time and batch things together. So for instance, I usually record 2-4 podcasts at one sitting. This means I only have to get my microphone and “studio” set up once. And, I can do this in about an hour so it’s pretty cool.
I do the same for blogging.
Social media is something I squeeze into pockets of unproductive time throughout the day.
For other things that happen weekly and monthly, I have those on the calendar too.
Networking events – some are weekly and some are monthly.
Team communication – a weekly broadcast to the team is on my calendar.
Team coaching – I’m in my Facebook group daily, and then do calls at set times, as well.
Home Parties and one on ones – getting time blocked on the calendar for this will help ensure that it actually happens.
I use Sundays usually to look ahead and plan for my week.
And, I use a to do list, and I focus on 3 big things each day that I want to achieve, and that’s it. If I finish and want to add more, then I can.
Give this a try and see what happens for you. We are coming into a new year, why not try it out?
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