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We have to budget out time the same way we budget our money. With prudence. We have so much time in our day and so many activities we can accomplish. Of course the only way to budget our time is to keep track of it, which means we’re using our calendars, Outlook, Act!, iCal are some of the most popular ones.

In the October 2009 download there is a bonus video showing you how you can set up a calendar and build in projected earnings so that you can anticipate your earnings at the exact same time that you are managing your time. None of the calendar programs provide for you to calculate what you are earning in a given day. I use both – my excel template and my Outlook calendar. They work hand in hand. The outlook is better visually when I am on the phone making appointments. Then I go into my excel template and update what I had anticipated at the beginning of the month or the beginning of that week and replace the info with what I’ve actually scheduled and based on that, what I will actually earn. This is all tied together. Time is a resource, a commodity. We have to balance it out and also make sure that a reasonable amount of it is allocated for personal and down time. This is an area where I myself still need a lot of work because I am so passionate about what I do, so I spend an inordinate amount of time doing it. It’s ok, if it ever got unhealthy I can back off – I know this because I have experienced points where it felt too much and trust me when I say that I am very clear on one thing – I can take time off absolutely guilt free because nobody on this planet can ever accuse me of not working hard.

 

Hi! I hope you’ve been enjoying this as much as I have. The entire month of October is now available for download and this is also a great way for you to support us here by downloading the entire month of October – every recording and every transcript. I’ve thrown in a few bonus recordings and a video tutorial going over some of the things I do on the computer to be productive. Click the October 2009 Recordings above or to your right to visit the shopping cart and complete your checkout. Thanks in advance for your support!

  • Seth

It’s really true that all you have to do is say it, and you begin to feel it. I can wake up in the worst mood and all I have to do is start saying, “I’ve got a feeling that it’s going to be an amazing day.” I begin feeling it right away. Then I can focus my thoughts on what I am doing that day – even look at my calendar and start thinking in terms of what I can do to enhance the experience. Maybe I can do something creative to make that meeting I have more interesting. Or maybe there is someone I am going to see today that I can think about in terms of what is going on in their lives so I can make sure to remember to ask them about some important event in their life. It will make them feel really good, which will in turn make me feel really good. Don’t just go into your day, plan it – make it happen, make it interesting and most importantly do EVERYTHING in your power to make it fun.

Looks like another day in paradise has come to an end. I had a real productive day today. Enjoyed my time with my client and managed to get in some really good interaction with some really good people. This is a great time at the end of the day to think about what I accomplished today and then to take a quick peek at tomorrow’s schedule to see what I have ahead. Sure enough it looks like another great day – why wouldn’t it be? I am going to be working with one of my clients – and I love my clients, I’ve arranged it that way. I’ve read in several places and seen in a video that what you are thinking about in the last 5 minutes before you fall asleep is critical. Jack Canfield suggests that you go to sleep thinking about what you have planned for tomorrow so that you can have your subconscious creative mind work on that for you in your sleep. Either way it is no doubt important to go to sleep with positive thoughts flowing. If you are angry spend a few minutes quieting your mind and thinking about something good. Something that makes you happy.

I love what I am surrounded with today – including you!

One of the things I get excited about today is meeting new people. Mike Dooley (www.tut.com) says that you should always be doing “something”. If I am unemployed and I sit at home then it is likely nothing will happen. But if I get out there and do “something” then “something” will happen. What I think this translates to in terms of actual experience is that by getting out there and doing “something” I will very possibly meet other human beings. As I meet these strange beings, I will begin to develop relationships with them. We talk about the laws of attraction like they are some mystical phenomenon. Here’s an example I like to use where the laws of attraction are very obvious and practical in nature. If I get out there with a positive attitude then 2 things begin to happen. One, I am out there doing something and two I am out there with a positive attitude. Well by being out there and doing something with a positive attitude I am going to attract people to me. This isn’t mystical and it isn’t metaphysical. It’s literal. Aren’t you attracted to people with a positive attitude? Isn’t that why you are reading this? Don’t you like reading something positive? So if I am out there with a positive attitude, then I am going to attract people to me. More than likely these are going to be other people with a positive attitude or at the very least a desire to be around those with positive attitudes in order to learn how to have ones themselves.

Coming to the point, when I attract people to me in this manner they will come with all kinds of opportunities. In Leveraging the Universe and Engaging the magic, Mike Dooley talks about an example of a guy who takes a job at a restaurant waiting tables even though he really needs to earn more money than this job affords. I am very roughly paraphrasing this. The guy does the job with gratitude and a great attitude. This gets noticed and eventually attracts the attention of the right person and he is ultimately lead from this experience to a very successful career.

When we get out there we get an opportunity to meet people. We begin to build relationships with them. This is very important in business and it is even more important (and I think often overlooked) in our personal lives. We don’t think of “networking” in our personal lives, but I propose the following. That we should be networking in our personal lives very much like what we do in business, but with a different end in mind. In my personal life my ultimate goal is to grow as a person. To learn to be more loving, caring, courteous, kind. To be a better husband, friend, son and so on. So shouldn’t I be “networking” or for that matter looking to surround myself with people who serve as an example of these things? If I recognize that someone I know is really respectful of his wife and instead of talking about what a “this” she is or a “that” she is he is talking about what an amazing partner she is – that’s the person I want to be around to learn how to be a better husband. On the other hand when I encounter the person bad mouthing his wife, I want to encourage him if I can to focus on what he can do to improve his relationship with his wife and a good first step might be to stop bad-mouthing her to his friends.

So I start to think about the people I want to surround myself with in business and in my personal life. The simple generic answer is to surround myself with positive people. Summarizing and taking it one step further I want to look for people who serve as an example to me of what I want to become. Then I can start asking them for guidance – this of course take a very important key life ingredient to be able to ask someone for guidance or help..

Shhh – don’t tell anyone. It’s a secret..

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