April 20, 2011

Early Bird Gets the Worm

April 2011

Time2Do It 

They pile up.

Sometimes it gets to the point where the pile can get so large you simply have to do something about it.  Sometimes it’s just one big item.  You know what I’m talking about.  It’s those things you just don’t really want to do – the very things that eat away at you, cause you to wake up at 4am, or stop you from quickly falling asleep at night.  The brain space occupied drags you down and distracts you from doing what you want to do, what you need to do, and what you love.

Those things – those rotten things you have to get done, but put off doing.


Now It’s Time4You to Change 

Credit should go to Stan Joplin – he was the Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Toledo and I had known him when we both worked with Tom Izzo’s staff at Michigan State University.  Coach Joplin agreed to address my sales team at WTVG and he shared something I have tried for years to put into practice – something that has stayed with me for about ten years now.  He said, “Do the hard things first”.  It sounds easy enough and it is simple, but it’s actually far from easy.

If you continue to put something off, simply start tomorrow with it being the first thing on your list and (here’s the hard part) do it.  Tough phone call?  Make it.  Hard conversation?  Have it.  Uncomfortable email?  Proof it and send it.  Do it early in the day and get the rest of your day going…it really does work in a very practical way and it will work for you and your organization.

Clear the deck.

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