How to Batch Schedule Tweets with Hootsuite

Tired of writing each tweet by hand? Instead of individually scheduling every tweet, you can write them in a group (batch) and then upload them all in one go. I use Hootsuite to do this, though there are other tools that let you do the same thing. Socialoomp is another I use, though the UI is a bit flaky.
Batch schedule tweets with Hootsuite

How to Batch Schedule Tweets with Hootsuite

The first thing you need to do is write the tweets.
In Hootsuite, you need to follow this format:

DD/MM/YYYY

HH:MM,

“MESSAGE”,

“URL”

Batch Scheduling Tweets – Setting up the Dates

Note that all dates/times are relative to currently selected time zone. You can setup the option under the Admin section in Hootsuite.
Batch Scheduling Tweets – Setting up the URLs
URLs must contain “http://”
Batch Scheduling Tweets – Sample Format for Batch Tweet
25/12/2011 12:00,”Enter your message here”,”http://www.ivanwalsh.com”
This tweet will go out on the 25th of December 2011 at mid-day, which is kind of handy as you’ll probably be at home on Xmas day.

Batch Scheduling Tweets – Other Rules

  • Schedule messages at least 10 minutes from upload time
  • Assign times that end in 0 or 5, e.g. 10:00 or 10:45
  • One messages per time slot
  • No duplicate messages

Using Excel to Create Batch Schedule Tweets File

If you use Excel, format the first column to conform to HootSuite’s date requirements.
To do this:

  • Click on the “Custom” tab in Format.
  • Save your Excel document as a .CSV file.

Batch Scheduling Tweets in Hootsuite

Batch schedule tweets with Hootsuite

  • Create the file with the .cvs extension
  • Open Hootsuite
  • Click in the Compose Message Box
  • Click the Calendar icon (i.e. To schedule a message)
  • Click the Schedule in Bulk option
  • Select your file and upload it
  • Select the Twitter account you want to use (otherwise it defaults to the first account)
  • Click Submit

If it doesn’t work, look at the next section for answers.

Common Errors With Batch Uploads in Hootsuite

You may encounter the following errors:

  • File format – make sure it’s .cvs
  • Make sure your text editor doesn’t strip out the formatting. I use TextEdit (Mac) and NotePad++ (PC)
  • Be careful when you save from Excel to .CSV that the formatting doesn’t get mangled.
  • Dates are the wrong way around. 07/05 can mean May 7th or the 5th of June. Check your settings in Hootsuite and use the same format.

Sample Batch File For Scheduling Tweets

Start with a short test, such as the following:
28/07/2011 11:30,”test – pls ignore”
28/07/2011 12:30,”Social Media writing skills – what do you want to know?”
28/07/2011 13:30,”Social Media writing skills – drafting ebook today”
and then create longer batch files depending on your needs.

Why Schedule Tweets?

I do this (mostly) when I want others to know that I’m:
Bulk schedule tweets with Hootsuite

  • Working on a new project that coming online soon, i.e. Create interest in advance
  • Writing a new ebook, such as Social Media Writing Skills, and I want questions from others to help write the material
  • Looking for answers for an on-going problem, e.g. Does social media justify the efforts

I also use to schedule shoutouts to others and Follow Fridays. Why wait til Thursday night to do it!
Conclusion
The key is to use a little common sense. See what you can batch and then do it. Make sure to engage with others in real-time as well to balance your twitter streams. And make sure to monitor the results. See if it works. Are you getting feedback? Do people respond to the tweets? Are more clicking through to your site?
Do you schedule any of your tweets?

Winston Churchill’s Alternative Clean Desk Policy

When’s the last time you read something about productivity that made you stop and rethink how you manage your time? I just finished reading Winston Churchill’s biography and one of the many treasure buried inside the book was his own version of the notorious clean desk policy.

When’s the last time you read something about productivity that made you stop and rethink how you manage your time? I just finished reading Winston Churchill’s biography and one of the many treasure buried inside the book was his own version of the notorious clean desk policy.

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Winston Churchill’s Alternative Clean Desk Policy

If you’ve worked at any large corporation, you’ve probably been trained to clear your desk before you leave. At my last Fortune 100 client, we had to clear the desk every evening, remove all clippings to the cubicle wall, and secure the desk.

Now this makes sense from a security point of view. It’s good business practice to secure data, be tidy, and leave a good impression. Cleanliness is godliness and all that…

But it’s not great for productivity.

Here’s what Winston Churchill did.

His desk was never tidied; rather it was left ‘in a mess’ every evening. When questioned about this, his response was along the following lines:

  1. Right now I know where everything is. If I file it away, then I lose time finding the critical document, memo, map or whatever the next time.
  2. Because he worked incredible long hours, often getting less than four hours a day, the idea of a ‘traditional’ working day didn’t really apply. When did one day stop and another start?
  3. There was no benefit.

And it’s the third point that’s interesting.

Most of us use the Clean Desk Policy more as a legacy from a previous firm. If it’s good enough for Microsoft, IBM, Oracle etc, surely it’s good enough for you.

It is true? What works for them may not apply to your circumstances.

How messy do you leave your desk every night?

How to Delegate Tasks when Managing Company Blogs

Do you think you can – and should – do everything on your blog? If you do, you’re nuts! Instead, focus on where you add real value and delegate other tasks to others.

Do you think you can – and should – do everything on your blog? If you do, you’re nuts! Instead, focus on where you add real value and delegate other tasks to others. This gives you more time to build your digital products, create the marketing plan, and connect with others. This makes sense, right? But the problem is how to let go… and how to track that they are doing it correctly.

How To Delegate (and Track) Tasks When Running a Business Blog
How To Delegate (and Track) Tasks When Running a Business Blog

How To Delegate (and Track) Tasks When Running a Business Blog

At some point, your blog will be too successful to run by yourself. One of the dilemmas of running a fast-growing blog is that you need to:

  • Scale the development process
  • Filter out the distractions
  • Find ways to automate business processes

Training Yourself: How To Delegate One Task

Start off with one task. For example, when you go away for a long weekend or to a seminar.
Let’s say you want to delegate it to one of your family or a trusted friend. Here’s what you could write…
‘Can you do me a favour and look after the site while I’m travelling. Maybe you can practise over the weekend and early next week. Every day, I get 3 or 4 customers with some type of problem. Mostly they have lost their products or weren’t able to download them.
I have listed all the products in the Products s/sheet I attached.
Clicking on the links takes you to the sales page. It’s very simple… so no fear!

  1. Go to <enter link>
  2. Login: <name> and password:
  3. Read the emails. Problems usually say ‘help my download got lost’ or ‘I want a refund’.

Using Checklists for Delegating Tasks

Give them a checklist to follow:
Here’s what to do:

For Lost Files:

Find out what item they bought. It should say in the actual email. For example:
ClickBank Sale Notification
PURCHASE INFORMATION

  • Order Number: XXX999
  • Order Date: 02/27/2012 7:41 AM PST
  • Product: ShoeMoney System
  • Product ID: 21

This example is Product ID: 21, which is the ShoeMoney System.
Find the template in the Products.xls file I sent you.
Scroll down the page and find the link #21.

  • Click on the link. It opens this page:
  • http://www.ivanwalsh.com/go/ShoeMoneySystem
  • Copy/paste the link into your email and say.
  • Our apologies for this occurring. The system should have sent you to the Download page automatically.
  • The following link will take you to the download page. Right-click on the link to save the files to your PC.
  • <<Paste link in here.>>

Checklists for Delegating Tasks For Customer Support

“Some people will forget to say what they ordered. When this happens, email them back and say:
“Can you please send me the email you received from Clickbank. This has your receipt # in it. Please send this over so I can locate the order you placed in our system.”

Checklists For Refunds

Don’t waste time. Just Send an email to accounts@clickbank.com and CC the customers.
Just write:
“Please refund the customer for this order.”
Conclusion
The key is to create checklists that can be used over and over again. Keep the instructions simple and avoid any ambiguity. Write in the active voice and allow for exceptions. Then test the checklists before you go.
While you need to spend time doing this to get started, once you have them up you can then relax knowing that the checklist will help you automate the process and give you more free time to build the business.
How do you delegate tasks?

The Inner Game of Confidence With Suzanne Vara

Most of us see confidence as an absolute. You have it or you don’t, right? Las Vegas-based internet marketer Suzanne Vara offers a different interpretation. Instead of seeing confidence as a fixed object, she explores the difference between inner and outer confidence and, more importantly, how to cultivate each type.

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Most of us see confidence as an absolute. You have it or you don’t, right? Las Vegas-based internet marketer Suzanne Vara offers a different interpretation. Instead of seeing confidence as a fixed object, she explores the difference between inner and outer confidence and, more importantly, how to cultivate each type.

The Difference Between Inner and Outer Confidence

This is where things get confusing. If I asked you to define confidence, and then asked your colleague, and then your children… you’d all give different examples.
[Here is the video from Suzanne – her blog post is called The Entire Package]

If you watch a salesperson in action, ‘confidence’ seems like an ‘act’ or performance of some sort. It looks artificial and doesn’t ring true. At least not usually.
Whereas ‘confidence’ for a sports star is often determined by their current performance. When things change, they lose their confidence. Which begs the question: were they really confident in the first place?
It depends.

The Difference Between Confidence and Bravado

Let’s step back a moment. If I’m honest, I like black and white answers. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. And this is one of the reasons why defining ‘confidence’ is so difficult.
The more you examine it, the harder it is to produce one definition that works across all scenarios.
And this is the point Suzanne makes on her blog.
Instead of seeing confidence as an external act – such as bravado, Dutch courage, faking it til you make it – look for areas where you feel confident internally.
For example…

  • I’m not confident speaking in public.
  • I’m not confident parallel parking.
  • I’m not confident cooking.

But…

  • I am confident working with others on a one-to-one basis.
  • I am confident working to tight deadlines. I’ve developed a nice workflow and get things done on time.
  • I’m confident baking.

You’d get very fat if you lived with me. My pies are pretty tasty especially with lashings of cream!
What’s going on here?

Recognizing Inner Confidence

One way to do this is identify areas where one has Inner Confidence and then build upon it, for example:

Inner Confidence is how we view our own abilities

Whereas

Outer Confidence is how others judge us

AND how we let this affect our self-image. In other words, the opinion of others determines how we value our own efforts.
Remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said, ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’

Developing Inner Confidence

One suggestion given to me by a good friend was to, ‘do the things that make you feel strong.’
They meant to absorb yourself in those small, un-championed activities that make you feel good in yourself and see them as the seeds from which greater things will grow.
For example, I’m a fairly tidy person. Too tidy some would say. So, one way I use this is to help others put a little structure on things – in a way that doesn’t preach to them or make them feel inferior.
They can do things I can’t – and I can do things they can’t.
We all have our respective strengths. And I’m sure you’re the same.
The difference is that when you do these things – that should make you feel more confident – you take them for granted. Or dismiss it, ‘Oh, that was nothing! Anyone could do it.’
But they couldn’t. Give yourself the credit you deserve. It all starts from there.
PS – I’m sure you have some ideas on this, please share them below.

55 Hour Train Trips To Tibet With Kids: How to Survive

We traveled from Beijing to Xian to Tibet during the summer with our son. It took three days to get there on a very packed train and another eight to get to the Holy Lake. Over some very bumpy roads. Luckily, we’ve traveled in China for many years so know what to expect. Here are some do’s and don’ts if you plan to travel in Asia, especially if you’re bringing kids.

We traveled from Beijing to Xian to Tibet during the summer with our son. It took three days to get there on a very packed train and another eight to get to the Holy Lake. Over some very bumpy roads. Luckily, we’ve traveled in China for many years so know what to expect. Here are some do’s and don’ts if you plan to travel in Asia, especially if you’re bringing kids.

If you plan to travel in China with Kids

China is not the US. Or France. Or England. Or wherever…
If you keep comparing it to where you’re from, your trip will be ruined. Like most of Asia and Africa, you have to accept things on their own terms. Otherwise, stay home.
So, when things get rough, instead of saying, ‘this would never happen at home because…’ and going on a rant….
Think, ‘well, isn’t this interesting. I wonder why?’
A different mindset opens many doors.  Ok, that’s the fluffy stuff out of the way 🙂
Now, how do you travel around China with Kids?

Before you leave

  • Ask the kids – Ask your son or daughter want they’d like to bring on the trip. If you’re traveling in Asia, you can get computer games very easy. Get some new ones and keep them for those difficult moments when the kids have had enough.
  • Books – Beijing has one really good bookstore in WangFuJing street. Go to the third floor (not the ground floor) and get a bunch of books. Get some for yourself as well.
  • Medicine – maybe the most important thing. If you’re traveling to Tibet, get tablets to help against the altitude sickness. You need to start taking these the week before you leave. Again, you can get these in most places in Beijing, though there is a great medicine shop halfway up WangFuJing street on the left. And Yes they speak English.
  • Clothes – if can get very cold in Tibet so bring a good warm jacket and one heavy jumper. Don’t worry too much as you can also buy clothes there at a reasonable price.
  • Food – the food on the train is… bring your own. Bring tinned foods, fruit, instant coffee, snacks and so goodies for the kids. There is a restaurant on the train but it’s hell to get to. Really, you have to wade through hundreds of students to get there. And the food is not great, though the fried eggs and toast were a nice treat.
  • Tissue Paper – whenever you travel in China, bring your own tissues. Most toilets don\t supply these and… well, bring them.
  • Power Adapter – bring a ‘swiss army’ power adapter so you can charge your phone in Tibet. You can also charge it on the train as they let you use the power supplies for free.
  • Train Tickets – get these in advance or through an operator. You don’t want to queue for tickets at the last moment. Get them in advance, check that the carriage numbers are correct. If you’re traveling as a family, make sure all seats are together.
  • Tour Guide – Contact a tour guide to show you around. These are not expensive and will save you time (and money) while showing you around Lhasa. I know a very reliable tour guide in Tibet. Let me know if you want her contact details. Don’t go cheap. It’s the only time in your life you’ll visit there, so pony up and get a guide.

On the Train to Tibet

You can get the train from different starting points but we went from, I think, Beijing West Station. A word of warning. This place is one of the busiest in China. It’s bedlam. So, take a deep gulp and be prepared.
The station is well-run but crazy busy.
Things to watch out for:

  • Toilets – These are very crowded, smoky and wet. As the floors are always getting cleaned, the floor gets really horrid. Also, the toilets are basically holes in the ground, so don’t lose your balance and fall in.
  • Toilets Part 2 – They often get blocked so use common sense. If you keep drinking coffee, you’ll suffer when they’re locked, broken or out of service. Tip: they lock the toilets before entering stations.
  • Be Early – Get a seat near the entrance to the trains to you can beat the crowds. It’s worth the effort, believe me.
  • Food – stock up on last minute supplies, like coffee, noodles, and other foods that are easy to carry.
  • Laptops – you need to get these scanned as you enter Beijing Train Station, so don’t bury it somewhere. On the train, keep an eye on it at all times. Don’t go tempting people!
  • Travel Sickness – if you feel unwell from the bumpy train, sip water slowly and avoid coffee etc.  It can get very stuffy on the train. If you’re traveling in the summer, bring a small electric fan that you can plug into the mains.
  • Altitude Sickness – on the train, keep taking your medicine. It really works against the altitude. Also, they change the air pressure over the two days so your body slowly gets used to the change.
  • Bunk Beds – most of these are three high, so I went on top. This has the smallest space so don’t bang your head. If also gets very stuffy up here so don’t overdress. Most families ‘share’ the lower bunk during the day and, as you’re a foreigner, you can expect people to drop over to say hello
  • Farmers – They’re very curious and often will come over just to watch. If you have kids that are blonde or red-headed, expect lots of farmers to take a peek. These things are very rare in China where (almost) everyone has black hair and brown eyes.
  • Cards – of all the things we brought, the deck of cards was the best. It is easy to carry, passed the time AND was something we could play with other Chinese travelers.

This is a wonderful way for your kids to interact with others, especially if there are other kids on the train. Kids seem to communicate very easily with each other and cards was one way they did this.
Ok, that’s it for now. Please take a look at the video as I may have overlooked some points. I took about thirty videos in Tibet. Let me know if you want me to put up some more.
And if you have any tips for traveling with kids, especially on long distances, please share them below.

How Much Should You Pay For a 500 Word Article?

I’m curious. How much would you pay me to write a 500 word article for you?
Ok. I don’t do freelance work at the moment. But, if I did, how would you go about it?One way to scale your internet business is to outsource writing tasks to Virtual Assistants and Freelancers. The upfront cost (payment) is offset by the extra sales you’ll make (returns) on the time you save.

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I’m curious. How much would you pay me to write a 500 word article for you?
Ok. I don’t do freelance work at the moment. But, if I did, how would you go about it?One way to scale your internet business is to outsource writing tasks to Virtual Assistants and Freelancers. The upfront cost (payment) is offset by the extra sales you’ll make (returns) on the time you save.
That’s how it works if you do it right. Let’s take a look.

How to outsource your articles

You can use sites like ODesk.com to post your project and get freelancers to bid. Here’s how it works:

  • Write out the specifications for the work you want done, say 5 articles on your business niche.
  • Be as precise as possible. The more details you can give, the better a response you’ll get.
  • Submit the work request.
  • Freelancers will contact you and outline their rates, offer samples, and should be able to provide references. Many sites let you see references and recommendations from satisfied customers in the freelancers profile. Yes, it can be rigged, but in general it works very well.
  • Look at the reference work and make a decision.
  • Don’t choose the cheapest option. Look for the best VA/Freelancer and build a long-term relationship.
  • Consider offering bonuses or other incentives if they deliver the material ahead of time. In the long run, it’s more economical to work with 1 or 2 trusted VAs than having to search for new ones all the time.
  • Pay as agreed. Usually I pay a percentage upfront if the person has been recommended to me or pay on receipt if it’s a new VA.
  • I use PayPal and have a verified business account.

How I Write

The other option is to write the material yourself. I do this is the subject matter is very specialized and I can’t find freelance writers with relevant experience.
Here’s how I do it:

  • Choose a topic, for example, Mobile Commerce.
  • Identify ten questions around the subject. How do I setup a Mobile Shop? How do I take payments over the phone etc.
  • Write skeletons for each of the questions; these are a series of headings that I’ll use to flesh out the articles in more detail.
  • Write in batches, for example, for three hours at a time. That lets me build up a head of steam and really get into the subject.
  • Turn off everything and just write.
  • Stop.
  • Leave it for a day.
  • Return to the material and complete it.

My aim would be to write 5000 words minimum.
That works out at 500 words per article, usually more. In some cases, you can cut/paste material that applies to different articles.

Typing Skills

One reason I can do this is I type very fast. Very fast.
I learnt to use a typewriter as a teenager and have fairly good touch typing skills.
If your income is based on how many words you can type, learn to touch type.
It’s a no-brainer.

Pay By The Hour

If you do choose to go with the freelancer, you have two options.
If you pay by the hour:

  • Look at the going rates.
  • See what others charge first.
  • Get a few quotes.
  • Weight up the options.

Some writers prefer this arrangement.
For me it doesn’t work. I don’t charge others by the hour – unless they want to! – as I prefer to be paid/rewarded on performance.
I prefer to pay by output. How long it takes… I don’t care.

Pay By Words

What I do is say, ‘I need 5,000 words on this subject. How much would it cost? Have you any samples of writing similar material.’
I don’t want freelancers cutting and pasting material from the web. I prefer to see if they have written about the subject before and then proceed.
I ask to see samples and get references if necessary.
When they start to write, I ask for a draft to be sent over. Again, I don’t want to wait until the end and find the material is sub-standard.
If the quality is really good, I might commission more work and…

Bonus

I offer bonuses to the really good writers. I want to lock in with them and keep them onside. This is a cost cutting measure if you think about it.
The less time you spend looking for freelancers, the more time you have for more important activities.
Another no-brainer!

How much for 500 words?

I’ve spoken to others who use VAs and Freelancers. And, it depends…

  • If the writer knows the subject matter, they should be able to write about 1000 words in an hour. This article took 45 minutes.
  • If the writer is new to the subject, it will take more depending on the amount of research.

Most professional writers can touch type. If they can type 60 words per minute, then do the math.
It shouldn’t take long if they know the subject matter.
Therefore…
If the time it takes them to come up to speed takes too long, you may as well write it yourself. I outsource to trusted writers that I know can turn it around super quick.
And I pay above the going rate.
I don’t want to waste time (i.e. money) looking for status updates, answering queries, listening to ‘the dog ate my homework’ stories.
PS – this article is 909 words and took 41 minutes to write.

Business Planning: Shrink the Change and Get It Finished

One myth about writing Business Plans is that they’re hard. Not true. They’re very hard to do right. But before you hit the Back button, here is one way you can get it written it, with a lot less pain than you’d expect.

One myth about writing Business Plans is that they’re hard. Not true. They’re very hard to do right. But before you hit the Back button, here is one way you can get it written it, with a lot less pain than you’d expect. Continue reading “Business Planning: Shrink the Change and Get It Finished”

Do Standing Desks Make You More Productive?

It was an accident. I started to write while standing up. We’d moved back from China and most all our belongings were still at sea. Somewhere.  So I placed my laptop on the bookshelf and started to type. It was a bit improvised but I soon got the hang of it and managed to adjust to the correct height. Then something clicked. It felt right. I knew I ‘d never go back to a ‘normal’ desk again. Continue reading “Do Standing Desks Make You More Productive?”

Fear of Success: What will happen if you succeed?

He said to me, ‘if you’re going to fail, fail fast.’ Have you heard this line before? I’m sure you have and if not probably some variation. Everyone is the room agreed with him. They’d made a mistake. The project tanked. Time to move on.

He said to me, ‘if you’re going to fail, fail fast.’ Have you heard this line before? I’m sure you have and if not probably some variation. Everyone is the room agreed with him. They’d made a mistake. The project tanked. Time to move on.
Fear of Success: What will happen if you succeed?

Why Fear of Success Is Stronger Than Fear of Failure

“The fear of success is a very unique issue that arises when you are genuinely creating change and moving forward in your life,” says Ti Caine, a hypnotherapist and life coach based in Sherman Oaks, California. “The fear of success is very real because the future is real-we’re all heading there-and what we imagine for our future has an enormous influence on us.”
With that in mind, read the line again. ‘If you’re going to fail, fail fast.’

  • What benefit if there to you, your company and your career is you adopt this attitude. Why fail fast?
  • If you fail fast you over look the mistakes you’ve made.
  • If you fail fast and don’t recognize the mistakes you’ve made, you’re likely to repeat them.
  • If you repeat your mistakes, you go in circles, never slowing down to see the blindspots, personal weaknesses and errors of judgments that encourage this thinking.

Let’s look at the alternatives.
If you fail slowly you:

  • Examine your mistakes,
  • Note where the mistakes first occurred and
  • Adjust your patterns to avoid repeating these mistakes.

Over the course of your career, which one is likely to make the biggest difference?
Steve Pavlina asks “What will happen if you succeed? If you lose the weight… get the date… earn the promotion… start the business… get pregnant… quit smoking… become a millionaire… stretch yourself?“”
My interpretation is that we’re more anxious and scared of Success than Failure. Otherwise, why would we repeat the same patterns?
So, how do we change the cycle of behavior?
 
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Productivity: How To Make Friday Your Busiest Day

Friday is my busiest day. Most folks power down and go into weekend mode. Not here! Ask yourself, ‘why do I go down a gear on Friday?’, ‘How does this benefit my career?’ Ok, let’s be honest. We do this because others do it. Right? This is a high-risk way to manage your career. You’re letting others determine how you behave. And it damages your career in many, many ways. Here’s an alternative approach.

Friday is my busiest day. Most folks power down and go into weekend mode. Not here! Ask yourself, ‘why do I go down a gear on Friday?’, ‘How does this benefit my career?’ Ok, let’s be honest. We do this because others do it. Right? This is a high-risk way to manage your career. You’re letting others determine how you behave. And it damages your career in many, many ways. Here’s an alternative approach.

How to make Friday your busiest day and reap the rewards

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7 Mistakes to avoid:

  1. Don’t fill your day with low-impact tasks.
  2. Don’t get pulled into fluffy things that you don’t really want to.
  3. Don’t do project meetings when you know it will kill your whole morning.
  4. Don’t go to long lunches.
  5. Don’t leave early.
  6. Don’t waste time studying analytics, trends, click-thrus etc… you know what they’ll say, don’t you?
  7. Not Saying NO enough.

Do this instead.
You’ll get more success if you:

  1. Plan with intention – Use Friday to plan the entire week ahead. Spend at least 2 hours on this. Planning is decision making. When you plan, you make decisions.
  2. Get Ready for Monday – planning on Friday lets you hit the ground running on Monday. See the difference? You’re already a step ahead of everyone else.
  3. Do Strategic Meetings Only – Book meetings with key contacts on Friday. Most will say Yes. They’re in down mode, so they’re easy to arrange.
  4. Find Like-minded people – Connect with people that have the same values as you. Look around the office and ask, ‘who’s killing time v who’s using it’. Link up with those doing it right.
  5. Do high impact tasks – disconnect from activities that suck the life out of you, your projects and your enjoyment in life.
  6. Share useful information – everyone wants ‘relevant’ information. Select the 5 pieces of useful information you’ve read during the week and circulate these.
  7. Authority – Establish yourself as someone who provides ‘useful’ and high value information not just cats doing ninja tricks.
  8. Stay late – when everyone is gone, you can get focused and do more work. Global clients will still be up. Call them. Chase them up. Your colleagues won’t. They’re gone, so now is your chance.

What’s going on here?
It’s about behavior.

  • It’s how others impact the way you behave and respond.
  • To succeed, in the way you want to succeed, you need to observe how others make you behave the way you do.
  • Admit it.
  • Put a plan in place to create your own blueprint for success.
  • Find ways to do this every day.
  • See where you fall down, where you can improve and what you’re doing right.
  • Keep at it.

Success is like developing a muscle. You have to train it, assess it, and increase it. Luckily, there are no short-cuts. If you persist, you’ll succeed. You have to!
What do you think?
Do you plan to make Friday’s the busiest day? What would change if you did?
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