5 Ways to Weed out Your Business Mind

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This blog post was inspired by a post on the Marc and Angel Hack Life Blog.

I love Hack Life blogs because you will find unusual shortcuts that are easy to learn. I find it hard to incorporate a short cut that takes 3 hours to learn and 60 days of practice to be of use to you. I recommend this blog as a regular read for Wright Place TV Viewers because you are busy, smart and always looking for a slight edge.

The Blog post is here http://www.marcandangel.com/2009/04/03/28-ways-to-slay-the-delay/

Weeding out your business mind means, getting rid of some of the projects you are working on. Frankly, they are keeping you from projects that could make you money or otherwise get your closer to your goals.

1. The organizing projects: Treat yourself to something nice. Have SOMEONE ELSE organize things for you so you can focus on making more money

2. Drop some events: Some of the things you are attending will not bring you closer to your customers, future customers or future business partners. They are just busy time to get you out of the office. Volunteering for a non- profit does not fall into this category. However, some of those ?networking? events you have committed to do.

3. Dump the newsletters: Seriously, if you have not read the ezine or printed newsletter, drop yourself from the list. Having a bunch of stuff you never got to or read is a drain on your mind power. At this point I never add a newsletter without dropping one I already get.

4. Limit the time: There are some things I work on and for some reason, never complete or get to work correctly. I work on them for a certain period of time and then I move on. Spending days on a non-essential item can really be a time and mind drain. I also like to time how long it takes me to do certain things so that when I delegate them, I know how long it should take someone else to do it for me. An excellent tool for this is the Action Machine

5. Admit it: Some of the things on your list are no longer a priority. At the time of this post, I am working on my biggest event of the year, the High Tea. This event happens in a few days and nothing else has priority. People who are requesting things have to wait until after the event. When priorities change, some things get dropped by the wayside. It?s fine, which is how it is supposed to be. You cannot keep adding things to your plate without taking others off. Everyone has limited time and not all opportunities can be taken advantage of 100 % of the time.

Give yourself a break!

What are you going to weed out?

When to throw out a business card

When To Throw Out A Business Card

It’s not just a matter of clutter. It’s not just a matter of contact management. Some of your contacts in your management files need to be thrown out also. It’s about productivity. It’s about making sure you are really moving your business forward and not just doing busy work.

Those contacts that you do not actively work are useless. It’s great when you have an autoresponder going out, and they get messages out to your contacts. However, some of your contacts, you have not written a note, an email, or made a call to in over a year. What do you do with that? If you want to re-establish contact, then do so with some information that benefits that person. If you can not find anything that really helps them, then forget it. I just recently got an email from someone I literally have not heard from in 2 years or more.


This person stopped returning phone calls or emails a LONG time ago. The email told me all about the charity she’ll be participating in and how much money I need to donate to help. In and of itself, this is great. I am happy she has found something to make her life meaningful. I am happy to donate to causes. At the same time, I am thinking, hmmm. This is the only thing you have to say to me? Give some money?

So, do yourself a favor. Make a real effort to connect or just drop it. You will run into that person some where and have the opportunity to start over. In the meantime, if you make they feel like you just want to use them, it’s not going to work. So look at your contacts. Send them something good for them ( not you) and drop the rest.

If you have gotten busy and do not regularly speak to your important contacts, change your schedule and start making time for that.


So, when was the last time you threw out a business card and why?

The $15 Cup of Coffee

First of all I want to commend the coffee shop for being able to sell a $15 cup of coffee. Before you start whining about how that cup of coffee is 3 gallons of gas in Los Angeles, let me just say save your Anti-entrepreneurism for someone who cares.

There some coffee shops selling $15 cups of coffee called Panama Esmeralda Especial Reserve. I  believe in entrepreneurs and I love the ones that beat the odds. They found the formula for success. They found a way to stand out, they offer a luxury item and found the audience for this item. The people who drink this do not mind paying $100 for a half a pound of this rare coffee. If coffee is your passion this is a great way to indulge and splurge and even entertain your friends.

coffee bean
Marketing, Marketing, Marketing!

This is what it’s about people. Finding the people to serve and giving them exactly what they want. They want an exclusive coffee experience. These coffee shops serve it up. It doesn’t cost too much when it’ something you want. What’s the lesson here?

  •       Be different in more ways than just the low price leader, not everyone wants to shop at Wal-Mart    
  • Brag about it, get some publicity on your business going, tell some people!
  • ·         Find your real audience, do not worry about the people who cannot afford what you have, find the real fans, they can always afford it.
  • ·         Give the value the FANS are looking for, forget about your critics.
  • Besides last time I checked, you can’t drive your car on coffee, so who cares how many gallons of gas that cup of coffee equals?

 

What’s your take on this? Is the $15 cup of coffee genius or insanity?

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