When you wake up in the morning, do you have a schedule that tells you exactly what you will be doing today? Or, do you take each day as it comes, and fly by the seat of your pants?
Do you think it even matters if you schedule your life on an hourly basis?
For me, I have appointments for my other business, and if I didn’t show up, chaos would erupt.
People are expecting me to show up at their house at a specific time. If I am running late, it throws not only my schedule off, but my clients schedule is messed up too.
So, if a traditional business MUST be run according to a schedule, then why would a network marketing business be any different?
When you schedule follow-up calls, put them on your calendar just like my traditional business schedule. You make a commitment to call someone at a specific time, and if you don’t call, you probably just lost them as a prospect. You’ve left them waiting, and that pretty much kills any relationship you may have been building with them.
So follow-up is a given, but what about other things like prospecting, daily power hour, journaling and planning, training and family time. All these things need a specific time in your week to get done.
When you don’t plan your schedule, you will not get anything done. You will be distracted by activities that are not profit centered. You will feel like your business is a failure, which is true because you are not doing what is necessary to make it grow and succeed. You are too caught up taking every training webinar that pops up. You are too busy shootin’ the breeze with people on Facebook or Skype.
So, how do you create a schedule for your business?
If you have another JOB, or small business with obligations, you need to schedule that into a weekly calendar along with what needs to be done in your network marketing business. At this point, as long as you need to keep that job, you can’t do too much about that time commitment.
Next, schedule time each morning to have a power hour or half hour, where you read 10 pages of a motivational book, do some meditation, prayer, yoga, or take a walk to clear your mind and prepare for a fruitful day.
After your power hour, you can eat breakfast while catching up with your Facebook friends or tribes or groups.
Most of the rest of the day will probably be spent at your job or business, but if you take a lunch break, you could use that time to prospect or do some follow-up calls.
When you get home from work, you may spend a half hour connecting with your team providing them with some training or support.
Next, is family time and the evening meal for an hour each evening.
After supper, it is time to get back at it. There may be one evening where you have a company training, or if you are part of a challenge, there may be an hour and a half to block out every Thursday evening at 9 PM for example.
At the end of each day, take about a half hour to journal on what you accomplished that day, and what you need to plan to do tomorrow for your network marketing business.
On the weekend, there may be a time when you do something “for you” like watch sports or go shopping. Block it out.
And, finally, go ahead and take Sunday off if you want to. Spend it with your family… they will be much more understanding when you need to spend so much time during the week away from them.
Now what does your schedule look like?
Now that you have the “have-to’s” filled in, step back and take a look at your weekly schedule. You will see there are holes each evening and on Saturday. These are the times when you can create content, like blogging, or do your Facebook marketing, or article marketing. These are the times to go prospecting for leads to grow your business. And these are the times to pick up the phone and call people.
With a schedule, you will get done what needs to get done, and nothing will be forgotten. You’ll see your business grow, and once it has grown to where you can give up your job or business, you will have gained another 35-40 hours per week to grow your business even more.
Having a good lead management system will also help you stay focused and keep track of all your tasks.
So, set up a weekly schedule now to help you become more productive. Your schedule will keep you focused, and you’ll make more money is the process.
To your success!
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