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Invest Time ON The Business

Hello it’s Debbie De Grote and welcome to Debbie’s Daily Tips!

I wanted to talk to you today about growing your business. You always hear that saying, “you need to invest time working on the business, not just in the business.” That’s sometimes very difficult to do because you have so much going on in your day, and your life, and your business and yet, here’s what I would like to suggest that you do this week. What if you took just 30 minutes? Pick a day, pick a time that’s a little bit easier for you, a little less distraction and interruption, and just pick a time and budget 30 minutes. I’d like it to be a time where you can go in to a room all by yourself; maybe you sit with a scratch pad, no distractions, no interruptions, leave your phone somewhere else, and just choose a topic to think about. Let me give you an example. Let’s say you went into a room and you said, hm, I’m going to think about, how can I increase my repeat and referral business? Now don’t overthink it, don’t try to over structure it, just relax and let the ideas flow. Jot them down on your scratch pad. Now maybe you get busy, you get sucked into the week and you don’t even have time to look at it, but the next week when you go into the room for your 30 minute session of working on your business, you can pull out those notes and develop them a little bit further. I’m very fortunate, sometimes I have to admit it feels a little bit unfortunate, I’m very fortunate to be on an airplane a lot. As I’m flying across North America and going to lots of different events and meeting all of you, what I have disciplined myself to do is that my time on the airplane is just that, my working on the business time. I work on marketing, I work on new programs, I work on new scripts, I work on new books I’m writing. I can put all that in my bag, carry it on the plane and just turn off everything around me and dive in. It’s amazing, the time just flies. Now obviously that may not work for you, because you probably aren’t on an airplane that often. So find a time that does. Just start with 30 minutes a week. You might find it so helpful, so amazing, that you choose to expand that. I even know some agents that take one full physical day a month and they go to a beach or a park or a library, or they just shut themselves sup in their home and use that entire day for planning and business development. Sometimes you have to slow down to go fast. So have a great day, spend some time working on the business, and I look forward to talking to you soon!
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