Is anyone else amazed that it’s already February? I feel like I looked up and a month has passed in the blink of an eye. Maybe it’s because we’ve just been so darn busy with activities and helping people. However, as quickly as it’s passed, I feel like I’ve accomplished quite a bit already this year.
One of the outcomes I wanted to focus on was getting better about following up with people after meeting them. It’s been one of the biggest challenges in my business and a key contributor to my stress levels. I was allowing my lack of staying in contact with people to stress me out. I made it one of my goals for the new year to be better about it.
Today, I feel like I’ve succeeded. While the young one has been home again, and meetings rescheduled on me, I was finally able to use my time wisely.
- The email inbox is cleaned out and down to just a few key items I need to take care of.
- Eight new meetings are on the schedule for the rest of this week, and others booked out several weeks in advance.
- Followed up with 24 people that had been waiting on me for some sort of information.
That’s pretty darn good for an afternoon!
Now, I know you’re asking ‘how?’ I did that. (No, I don’t have super powers although it would be pretty cool if I did.) I actually started using some of the tools and techniques from people I’ve been listening to for professional development. People like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, Jim Rohn and more. I also just hosted an amazing weekend with some of our teammates for Women Empowerment and Professional Development. I think those things combined made for a focused, achievement based day today.
What did I put in place?
- An Attitude of Gratitude – Upon waking every morning, I take a while to mediate and offer up thanks for all the things and people in my life I have to be grateful for. I start with the most obvious and work my way to finding some unique things to say thank you for. Meditation may or may not work for you. Some people have a very hard time quieting down their mind. Use whatever works, walking in nature, prayer, or simply stop and focus on your breathing for a bit. Whatever works for you.
- Power Hours – I’m using focused, dedicated time to work on projects rather than flitting around from task to task. I’m still working on this one but each week is getting better and better. It’s allowing me to keep some balance for each of the projects. Just think, I can focus for an hour helping people with their health. Then, use another hour to work on the show promotion for our next bodybuilding event. And then, choose an entirely different hour to get some writing done. It’s so much better than seeing a shiny object and hopping from topic to topic.
- Dedicated Training Time – No, this is not the training of my mind. It is entirely training for the body. I get far more done and can focus better if I’ve hit the gym. I don’t stay for hours at a time and if you really want to follow the progress on the physical training, then you’ll want to keep up with the Dr. Stacia site as well. I don’t play around in the gym. I’m in and out in under an hour, sometimes even 30 minutes if I don’t spend some time winding down and reading on the bike.
- Clean Eating – This is always a challenge with the busy meetings schedules; however, the cleaner I eat, the better balanced I am.
- Surrounding Myself with Like-Minded People – It’s hard to stay in balance and stress free when the people around you aren’t helping the cause. If you want to be successful, hang out more with successful people! Whatever walk of life they’re in. You’d be surprised how many of them are out there. Or, find people like yourself who are working towards being successful. Tackle it together.
- There’s an App for that – I’m a techie. A little too old to qualify as a Gen Y-er, but I do love my gadgets, and I’m finally happy to say I’ve found some apps to help keep me on track.
- Contactually – My new favorite! It synchronizes my contacts across social media outlets, allows me to put them in ‘buckets’ and prompts me to follow up with them. This is how I sent out 24 follow-ups in an hour. That never happened before.
- Evernote – A long time favorite, but imagine my surprise when I leaned you can use Evernote to take a picture of all those business cards that seem to sit around. It scans them in and drops them in your contacts list. Thirty plus cards from attending an event? Scanned in less than 15 minutes. A definite time saver.
In summary, all of the things above attribute to my new ability to follow up and keep my stress levels down. An added bonus? It gets business back on track which means I get to help more people feel better and have more energy!
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