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Watch out 4 squirrels! (by S i d [MO]) Jul 10, 2018 9:48 AM
       Watch out 4 squirrels! (by Robert J [CA]) Jul 10, 2018 10:13 AM
       Watch out 4 squirrels! (by Doogie [KS]) Jul 10, 2018 10:43 AM
       Watch out 4 squirrels! (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jul 10, 2018 12:13 PM
       Watch out 4 squirrels! (by cjo'h [CT]) Jul 10, 2018 12:38 PM
       Watch out 4 squirrels! (by Deanna [TX]) Jul 10, 2018 12:42 PM
       Watch out 4 squirrels! (by Richard [MI]) Jul 10, 2018 1:29 PM
       Watch out 4 squirrels! (by MikeA [TX]) Jul 10, 2018 6:30 PM
       Watch out 4 squirrels! (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jul 10, 2018 6:41 PM
       Watch out 4 squirrels! (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Jul 11, 2018 4:33 AM
       Watch out 4 squirrels! (by small potatoes [NY]) Jul 12, 2018 9:22 PM

Watch out 4 squirrels! (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 9:48 AM

I've been back from the Convention almost 2 months now, and I've not hit as many of my goals as desired.


I'm too busy with squirrels. No, not the little rodents who eat nuts and crawl into the attic. Simply this: the daily minutiae of life that distracts me like a dog who sees a squirrel. Think of the movie "Up"....

I have set myself a new goal: eliminating as many squirrels as possible and not finding any new ones.

One thing I am trying now is blocking off time for certain productive activities. For example, from 4:15 - 4:45 PM every Monday and Wednesday and from 9:00 - 9:30 AM on Saturday I have an appointment in my phone: "Write yellow letters to prospective sellers". This is time I used to spend goofing off, checking Facebook, etc. Depending on the results, I may increase this time or reallocate somewhere else.

What I'd like to hear from you all is what other strategies you've used to reduce distractions and focus on keeping "the main thing the main thing." Specific examples are appreciated, but if it's a book or a discipline you've used that works too.

Watch out 4 squirrels! (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 10:13 AM

I have many friends that I made when going to school and getting my degree. These "professional" that work in the aerospace industry never have the time to "Find a deal", let alone manage it.


Watch out 4 squirrels! (by Doogie [KS]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 10:43 AM

Howdy Sid!

I seem to have some stuff going right for a change. After convention, I have hired another handy man, hired a personal assistant, got a website up and running, sold 1 house, bought 2 more, taken on 2 more to manage and looking at purchasing a 3rd.

All that said, I was hoping to move faster myself. I have found a few squirrels along the way as well. The one thing I have found that helps a lot is to make a daily list. I have a long running list of stuff that needs to be done, but not urgent things. I now make a daily list of stuff that needs to be done today. Some of it comes from the main list, but not all. Every time I find myself wanting to open Facebook, I open this list instead and start working on it. It does take some self discipline, but it has worked so far. It's also cool to see the things getting checked off and done by day's end. Nothing goes to tomorrow. The list is very reasonable things that can be done today, it's not overloaded.

Hope all is going well!

Watch out 4 squirrels! (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 12:13 PM


Just dump FB. Take the icon off your devices. Average time spent on FB is 47 minutes PER DAY!! The world will not stop turning and you won't be left out - other people will tell you about events or such posted on FB.

No news - TV, newspaper, news affects your brain. Plus you'll gain another 30 minutes per day.

Go to the library or coffee shop. Like a gym membership it takes you away from the squirrels and "forces" you to focus. Just take your list, papers, envelopes, and a pen.

I use a handwritten Daytimer. I've tried every app under sun but the Daytimer works. I FORCE myself to write my list and plan for the next day before I can lay my head on the pillow. I sleep better and I hit the ground running the next day.

Gazelle intensity baby!


Watch out 4 squirrels! (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 12:38 PM

I didn't make the Convention for various reasons.But I do have squirrels,they inhabit an attic of the overhang on the front porch.They also get all the burnt English Muffins that get stuck in the toaster because of some timing malfunction,they have to eat too.Don't get up until noontime So what doesn't get done today will get done tomorrow,maybe? ..........charlie.......................................

Watch out 4 squirrels! (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 12:42 PM

I've had my Franklin-Covey day planner since high school (Compact! Monticello!), but I stopped using it to its full extent after I left the workforce to raise a family. Now I try to use it regularly-- but I'm not nearly as organized these days as I used to be.

I hear Elon Musk organizes his days in 5 minute chunks. That's pretty amazing, for an 80-100-hour work week! So does Bill Gates. Alan Greenspan organizes his days into 15-minute chunks.

But by the same token, it's good to keep a sense of balance to step back from the hassle of every day, and cultivate the things that are important-- preserving your view of the big picture instead of being bogged down by details, or cultivating relationships with family, or whatever.

There's another efficiency philosophy that says the most productive people work for about 50 minutes, and then break for 10 or 15. It helps keep your concentration from wandering, keeps you going instead of popping over to check email or FB "just for a moment" because you're bored, and gives you the opportunity to move/eat/refocus if you've been sitting doing desk work.

Watch out 4 squirrels! (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 1:29 PM

I've long had the same problems.

I now write it down and divide into 4 lists: Must do; do soon; research; misc to do.

Give the misc to do list and the research to a helper.

Focus on the must do list and if that gets done, work on the do soon list.

You don't want any TV, any news or misc computer work until after the lists are finished.

No incoming phone calls. Use voicemail or email. Have your helper deal with it.

Really, there are only a VERY few things to focus on:

1. Raising money to get more places.

2. Talking 1 on 1 with motivated sellers and getting them to sign a contract.

3. Spending time with family. Don't neglect this or you won't have a family.

ALL the rest can be done by your helpers.

Don't spend time shopping, reading the internet, websurfing, or dealing with anything that can be delegated.

Watch out 4 squirrels! (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 6:30 PM

I've found one of the most effective things I do to eradicate squirrels is to have some quiet time at the beginning of each day. That may sound counter productive but it really helps me stand back and look at the bigger picture. From there, I can identify and start to focus my time and energy on those things that are most important. Otherwise, I tend to waste a lot of time stressing about which thing I need to do and tend to jump from one to the other. This isn't all mindless time. I start by clearing my mind, then reviewing life goals, assessing where I am with them, what's working and what isn't, and then specific achievable tasks to accomplish today bounced against scriptures that apply. Each day is different in time allocated to each, but I try to hit each one every day.

I spent years breaking my day down into 15 minute time hacks dedicated to specific tasks and what I found over time was that I was still spending lots of time on less important or non-fruitful tasks because they were on the schedule.

Watch out 4 squirrels! (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 6:41 PM

My real answer: If squirrels are distracting you, your DREAM is not strong enough. Put your DREAM deep in your gut so you have a BURN to achieve it. Be aroudn people who have acheived that DREAM so you believe it is possible.

Everything else will look like a bothersome gnat as you attack your goal.

Put up a paper chain for this next family goal and show your kids how to work toward a new goal!


Watch out 4 squirrels! (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Posted on: Jul 11, 2018 4:33 AM

from former mentors:

Take care of the BIG things and the little things take care of themselves

another said

Make a list and cross off things done - transfer things not done to tomorrows list. If it is not done by third day - CROSS IT OFF YOUR LIST !!!!

Watch out 4 squirrels! (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Jul 12, 2018 9:22 PM

getting sucked into this forum and stayin up late! FB is an evil I never cultivated.

That said hand write lists. I take time every eve, night to prep for the next day a list and pull things together. And keep lists for major items, medium items and filler items along w/ a list for each building.


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