Plan ahead; anticipate the unexpected, take steps to prevent problems before they occur. Success at work, home, or at school is not living in crisis. Even firefighters only spend 3 to 5 percent of their time fighting fires. Instead spend more of your time doing things that are important – value added – when they’re NOT urgent. Relationship building (spouse, children, co-workers, boss, and customers) is important, saving and investing is important. Divorce, juvenile delinquent, getting fired, failing a class, no money for retirement – your marriage, family, job, school and retirement – all still important but now they’ve become urgent matters. Do you take your spouse for granted? Is the only time you know what’s going on in your kids life is when they’re in trouble? Have you let your boss, co-worker, customer or professor down again? Are you still renting because you can’t afford the downpayment for a home? Can you not retire because you have nothing to retire on?
This Labor Day weekend I will be meeting my nephews in NW Georgia for hiking and relaxing at a nice mountain vacation rental. I kept the cost down to a minimum so it wouldn’t break their bank and at the same time hold them responsible for some of the expense. I set it up several weeks earlier so they could pay a little at a time on-line. But do they plan, prepare and prevent emergencies from popping up. Of course not, they’re college students. It’s their first time renting a house between 5 roommates. Rent is covered, but then there’s those pesky utilities, dishes, garbage bags, other house cleaning supplies, oh and Ramen Noodles.
Are you preparing for retirement? What have you done to prepare for your next promotion? How are you helping your employees so they can plan ahead and prepare? Training, delegation, recognition and discipline?
Here are a few tips to help you be proactive.
TIP – Use a To Do List. One life-one list. Multiple lists create opportunities for missing something on the other list. This does not preclude having a task list for specific projects-we’re talking apples and oranges.
TIP – Keep your list with you at all times. Get rid of the post-its, backs of envelopes and scraps of paper stuffed everywhere. I like the black and white composition note books from any office supply store.
TIP – If you think it, Ink It. Write it down. If you thought about it, it was probably important. If it turns out it’s not – no harm / no foul.
TIP – Schedule your priorities on a calendar weekly (instead of prioritizing your schedule). In other words identify the things that are important first, block out time to accomplish them, and let the small stuff get done as the opportunity presents itself.
You can get it done. Plan, Prepare and Prevent.