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Set Priorities – Rich’s Rules for Achievement # 9

This comes first, that comes next and those come later…

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Rich's Rules TitlecardWhat’s Important NOW – Set Priorities

In traditional time management thinking, priorities are things which are considered most important.  In the new world, a leader must adjust his or her thinking to the things that are most important NOW, in this moment.  In a larger sense, you know your priorities include personal needs such as health, family, friends and finances. You need to maintain your home, your vehicles, and your assets. Priorities in your professional life include your organization’s goals, profitability, finances, and needs for up-to-date equipment or a well-trained workforce.

While you may have these larger priorities in place, you also know that other things WILL COME UP, and can suddenly become a priority that pushes everything else to the back burner.  An unexpected order from a new client may emerge, calling for immediate action in order to seize opportunity.  A major emergency may hit your community, calling for…

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Planning IS Profitable – Rich’s Rules for Achievement # 8

Time Invested = Time Returned, and then some…

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Rich's Rules TitlecardInvesting Time to Save or Make Time – Planning is Profitable

Studies show that investing time on planning is likely to save or make you time when it comes to executing your plan.  You’ve heard the saying, “Plan your work and work your plan.”  Taking time up front to lay out a plan will allow you to take action with fewer encumbrances, such as overlooked steps, manpower needs and financial resources required for the mission.

Some people are very action-oriented.  They want results.  Others are spontaneous and jump into activities.  Some are too busy to plan.  They are so busy going around in circles with today’s challenges, they have no time to consider tomorrow.  And, as mentioned previously, some are very detailed planners but have a hard time executing due to analysis paralysis. Leaders who achieve more are leaders who make plans for the future.

For this reason, Planning is…

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Accomplish THROUGH Others! – Rich’s Rules for Achievement # 7

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Rich's Rules TitlecardAs a leader, especially in a growing organization or one you want to grow, getting results THROUGH others is essential.  Whether you need to get greater productivity from your employees, lead the troops into battle or rally volunteers for an annual fund drive, you are counting on others to deliver the goods. You need them to take responsibility for their roles and results, while you take accountability for overall outcomes.

Delegation has been more thoroughly addressed in Rich’s Rule of Engagement #6. Achieve Through Others –Delegate!

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Get in the Zone – Rich’s Rules for Achievement # 6

Move from rigid to fluid…

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Rich's Rules TitlecardMove from Rigid to Fluid – Get in the Zone

There’s a point at which highly productive people can go from being in a groove to getting in a rut, where the individual becomes rigid and loses fluidity or flow. While being good with “intelligent” time management principles like setting goals, prioritizing, scheduling time and keeping a neat, orderly workplace are essential, having the ability to function intuitively by getting in the flow or zone can greatly enhance your performance.

Either before or after you hit the wall or run into a roadblock, it can be useful to stop, take a deep breath, relax, and get back in the moment, refocus and restart.  A good mantra for this practice is “Nice and easy, nice and slow.  Stay in the moment, stay in the flow.”

Getting into the flow, zone, groove usually starts by getting in the “moment” and then proceeding…

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Manage Your Time – Rich’s Rules for Achievement # 5

You only have so much…make the most of it!

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Rich's Rules TitlecardYou Only Have So Much – Manage Your Time

A song from the group Rufus in 1974 included the lines, “‘Got no time’ is what you’re known to say.  I’ll make you wish there was 48 hours to each day.”   Forty years later and, now more than ever, people are wishing they had 48 hours each day.   There are so many more choices you can make and so much more you can do in this high- tech information age that it’s easy to run out of time on any given day.

Goal and task-oriented types gravitate towards the principles of time management because they are always looking for ways to accomplish more goals in less time.  In the world of accomplishment, time and money are equally valuable.

People and relationship types often seek to learn time management principles once they find themselves in a position of greater authority with greater…

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Focus is the Key – Rich’s Rules for Achievement # 4

You hold the key…

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Rich's Rules TitlecardTaking Aim – Focus is the Key

Focus is your ability to stay on task despite distractions.  To stay the course despite disruptions.   Focus is the key to getting results.  The more you stay focused the more likely you are to achieve your goal in a timely manner.  Without focus you may never arrive at your desired destination.   Let neither distractions, interruptions, breakdowns or bad days keep you from the promised-land.  When you get knocked down, get back up, shake yourself off and get refocused.

In this day and age, more than ever before, you are faced with constant distractions, interruptions and temptations.  Some of the obvious ones are: unimportant emails, people intruding on your time for no good reason and a virtual world that offers so many more opportunities for you to do so many more things today, for better or worse, such as investigate a subject spontaneously, plan…

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Think 80/20 – Rich’s Rules for Achievement # 3

And, of course, ACT 80/20 too!

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Rich's Rules TitlecardFor Return on Investment – Think 80/20

If more people and organizations would think 80/20 more regularly, they would achieve more focus, productivity and – most likely – profitability, success and happiness.   It’s easy for individuals and entities to get distracted, lose focus and travel down many tangential paths that take them further away from their goals rather than towards them.

Launching a new product or service just to stay competitive can dilute your vision.  Trying to serve everyone instead of your target market reduces your mission. Taking on more responsibility than you can handle – especially things that are not central to your work or life – can rob your time and diminish your productivity.

There are only so many things that a person or organization can do well and profitably or enjoyably.  Stay focused on those things!

For this reason, Think 80/20 is Rich’s Rule for Achievement #3

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