Work ON Yourself, Not Just In Yourself

One of the truly great books I’ve read in my life is The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. If I could make every small business owner in the world read one book, it would be this one. For many years, I re-read this book every year. Now, after thirty years, I re-read it every other […]

The Walk-On Method

My friend Jim Roddy has released a new book called The Walk-On Method to Career and Business Success. It’s all about lessons of how “underdogs” became extraordinary. I have to be honest: I’ve never been a huge sports guy. Due to a series of physical ailments over the years, it was just never an option […]

How to Minimize Interruptions

The last few posts have been about minimizing interruptions. Interruptions are literally the single greatest productivity killer in your business or personal life! If interruptions are coming from an outsider, including clients, it is easy to set up rules to deal with this. But insiders (your employees and family) are a different story. You can’t […]

The Interruption Diet

In the last post, I talked about avoiding interruptions. Here’s a great exercise for making interruptions visible to you. Create an “Interruption Diet” like this: Interruption Time Start / Stop Importance Notes Example:Phone Call 8:45 am – 8:50 am Not! Sales call. Grrr. Create a whole sheet like this for each day of the week. […]

Do Not Be Interrupt-Driven

This is an Absolutely Unbreakable Rule. In both your personal and professional life, you should avoid interruptions. This rule follows from another: Prioritize Everything!. I’m a huge fan of silencing my phone and having it off at all times. With rare exceptions, for example when I’m expecting a call, my phone is off, and it’s […]

Never Stop Learning

One of my favorite motivational speakers is Brian Tracy. If you ever run across his books or audio programs, make the investment. You won’t be sorry. And one of my favorite pieces of advice from Tracy is to listen to audio books. Whether you’re driving around town, mowing the lawn, or just puttering around the […]

Success Is a Habit

Some people who follow me on social media think I am an unreasonable boss, over-controlling, and that I ask the impossible from my staff. Those who have read my books tend to have a very different perception. I think the main difference is that those who dig in and read a book are more likely […]

You Need Rules for Success

One of the most important things that you can do in your business is figure out why you’re in business. If you haven’t done so already, go read Start with Why by Simon Sinek. It’s a truly spectacular book. So that’s your first homework. It’s also a good audiobook. Sinek points out that nobody buys […]

Some Things Won’t Get Done

Here’s a little reality check for you. In the end, the very lowest priority tasks will probably never get done.   I know that’s startling. The lowest priority tasks will never get done. And, to be honest, at some point you will die with work undone. You will. I don’t want to be morbid, but […]

Balancing Priorities – Easier Said Than Done

Let’s assume that you want to start working based on priorities. Great! How do you get started? Here are a few tips. There are two primary components of this: The logjam, and competing priorities. The logjam happens when there are too many “high” priority items are on your list. This might be because you’re new […]