Vision Board and Thieves pdf Exercise – Dr. Erica Goodstone
Time Thieves & Escape Triggers
First, identify the “Time Thieves” and “Escape Triggers” that are abducting our attention, and put things in place to keep ourselves from getting oo-course in the first place. Use these as models to look for in your own life – a set of patterns to view your own behavior through – to help you spot where they happen. We want to particularly look at the triggers that “abduct” us in the first place, and see what is coming up psychologically that is leading to us habitually and unconsciously interrupt high-value, business-building work, and get caught in a pattern that keeps us occupied with things that produce no money-making value.
What are your most obvious CHASERs, Rabbit Holes, and Systemic Interruptions – activities that you find yourself doing automatically that keep you occupied and not producing value that leads to profit.
Signing up for and watching free Teleseminars, Webinars and Instantly Downloadable EBooks on various marketing, speaking, business building and website enhancer topics.
Finding and Uploading Images to Facebook or Pinterest for social networking engagement.
Blogs I need to comment on the maintain my blogging tribe status. Reading emails and responding as needed.
Following twitter and Google+ followers after spending time checking them out. Paying bills.
Reading the latest news story on my browser.
Taking breaks to fix snacks and going out for meals.
What is the trigger that kicks off these patterns? Note the steps in the process of how the pattern activates. Make a mental note of the emotional feeling that you get right before your attention gets sucked into one of these non-productive activities, so you are aware of it as it happens next time…
These are all valuable but they do not bring automatic income. Many of my activities are part of my making connections online. When I am engaged fully in a project, I tend to do that work after having completed all the other time-consuming stuff that seems to interfere, rather than doing my most important project first. For me, I need to clear away the life details before embarking on creative projects.
I may be just about to start a project, like adding workshops I have presented onto the pages of my new web site. But then the phone rings and I stop to respond. It may be a new and potential client which is good for immediate income but it may also be an advertiser wasting my time. Then I notice some unpaid bills. Then I see some dirt that has to be vacuumed. It can take quite awhile before I return to the task at hand – and then I start my re-checking my emails or stopping by my Facebook pages to see what’s happening.
My feeling is so much better when I get involved in a project and make huge progress and actually complete it in a reasonable amount of time. Then it is completely off my mind and I am clear to focus on something else.
The Productivity Pyramid
Each day, we tend to do the same things habitually, whether we consciously realize it or not. Some of our activities are very high-value to our business, and some are very low value (some are actually negative value). By identifying the activities in each category, it brings awareness, and begins the process of change. Use this exercise to sort the activities you do in your business into the categories listed below. Try to identify at least five diierent activities for each category, and then consider how much time you spend each day doing each. The objective is to turn the pyramid “upside down” – and spend most of your time doing high-value activites each day – so you grow your business, profit and income.
High Lifetime Value
Creating products, books, ebooks, speaking, making personal one-on-one connections
Creating a 3 month, 6 month and 12 month group coaching programs
Creating membership sites
Taking the time to exercise (aerobics, stretching, weight training)
Taking time to relax and to meditate
Taking time to set my goals and share them with my accountability partner
Reviewing my day’s activities and sharing them with my other accountability partner.
Getting on the live event and virtual speaking circuit
Learning key tidbits from webinars and teleseminars (e.g., how to create optimal videos, SEO optimization, effective marketing, etc.)
Spending quality time with friends, colleagues and relatives – online and offline
High Dollar Per Hour Value
Seeing individuals and couples for private counseling sessions
Virtual coaching sessions with individuals and small groups
Low Dollar Per Hour Value
Doing the daily social media connecting, commenting on other people’s blogs, reviewing their Kindle books, reading and responding to emails
Paying bills – must be done and will cost money if not completed
Doing such chores as going to the bank, the post office, buying office supplies
Zero Or Negative Value
Watching upsetting news stories
Going out for lunch and dinner, shopping for food, cooking and preparing meals
The Willpower Window
Each day, we tend to do the same things habitually, whether we consciously realize it or not. Some of our activities are very high-value to our business, and some are very low value (some are actually negative value). By identifying the activities in each category, it brings awareness, and begins the process of change. Use this exercise to sort the activities you do in your business into the categories listed below. Try to identify at least five diierent activities for each category, and then consider how much time you spend each day doing each. The objective is to turn the pyramid “upside down” – and spend most of your time doing high-value activities each day – so you grow your business, profit and income.
What are the specific high-value activities that you will do FIRST when you begin work each day? How could you set up your environment so you do these activities first thing, consistently, without interruption?
Creating outlines and details for courses and book projects. Creating press releases and a powerful media kit. Collecting endorsements (written and videos) for my web sites. Creating newsletters, blog posts, articles and ebooks, creating sales pages that convert, posting and promoting my products on Clickbank and other monetizing sites, putting some of my Kindle books on $0 or $0.99 promo and promoting them, creating new autoresponder messages and email blasts, organizing events – live in-person and virtual speaking events, teleseminars, webinars and telesummits.