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2 Mindsets That Kill Business Success

2 Mindsets That Kill Business Success

Dale Beaumont is Australias leading buisness development and growth coach. It doesn’t matter what industry you are involved in, even childcare or aged care, what you will learn from his coaching, will be invaluable to your role or business.

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Have a great week.

Peter Johnson – The Time Retriever

How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over

How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over

Do You Find Yourself Struggling To Do The Things You Know You Should Be Doing?

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They are each 20 minute videos, but, with a bit of effort from you, they have the capacity to change your life forever.

How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over

Mel Robbins and the 5 second rule to get you out of bed

The 5 Second Rule – Available on Amazon

Helping You Create Enormous Success

Helping You Create Enormous Success

Helping You To Create Enormous Success In Your Life

Hi it’s Peter Johnson – The Time Retriever here, and I wanted to give you an update on Time Retrievers.

To start with, it is so great to see you moving ahead after the past 2 tumultuous years of Covid, and then the massive rains over the past month.

Whilst there are still more issues to come from Covid and many people are restoring their lives after severe flooding damage, we always need to look forward to our future, whilst using our past as our learnings and using today, to take action on what we want to achieve in our future.

With the massive impact of Covid taking its toll, we decided in August last year, to take a break from promoting our business and focus on the clients we were working with and our own circumstances.

Moving Forward

In recent months, we have taken some time to evaluate what we will do going forward, and have transformed our business from solely being a direct supplier of personal and business skills development, to being a gateway connector to high quality personal and business skills development programs, from several of the worlds best known coaches and trainers.

Our aim, is to provide you with the highest quality, genuine results gaining information and education programs available today.

Going forward, our website and blog will be providing you with quality articles and videos on developing your personal and business skills, aimed at helping you to create the success you are looking for.

These articles will come from a wide range of high quality, experienced and skilled coaches and trainers world wide.

Through the Time Retrievers website, you will be able to connect directly with the coaching and training programs offered by many of these well known coaches and trainers.

We hope you enjoy the information we provide and are able to take advantage of the coaching and training programs on offer.  

On A Personal Note

On a personal note, 2 of my long term hobbies, growing orchids and photography have now led to a new passion of providing a range of beautiful home, office and personal products with images of beautiful orchid flowers printed on them. 

After prompting from my wife Suzanne, I haveOrchids In Print opened an e-commerce site called Orchids In Print, where you can purchase items from an ever growing range of products, with these lovely orchid images printed on them.

You are very welcome to visit the site, view and purchase the products and register to receive our regular articles, with hints and tips on growing orchids, plus other orchid news. 

Have a great week.

Peter Johnson – The Time Retriever

Time Retrievers receive commissions and payments from the providers of coaching and training programs offered on www.timeretrievers.com.au.

 

Peter is an experienced business coach who has been working with over 181 businesses and childcare centres, and thousands of people in his workshops and speaking engagements.

He has helped business owners create successful businesses, through first developing their time management skills and then using these skills, plus many others, to grow and develop the critical areas of their businesses.

Why I Created This Unique Time Management Program

Why I Created This Unique Time Management Program

My whole aim for creating this online video training program, was to enable people to access the real skills required to start getting control of their day and become better at managing their time. I want it to be available to anyone in the world who has access to the internet and at an affordable price.

I have packaged all of these skills into a 3-part program, that will enable you to gain the knowledge and start building these skills, in a shorter time frame than what it normally takes.

I learned the hard way back in 1987, that time management is more than just preparing a plan and creating workable plans for your week and your day. You also need the skills to be able to stop yourself from putting important things off to later and to enable yourself to reduce distractions and interruptions in your day.

All the time management courses I had done and also still review today, teach you how to set goals, create your plans, plan your week and days and a little bit on procrastination. This means, that when you arrive at work in the morning, all planned and ready to get everything in your plan completed, you hit the proverbial brick wall, and can’t get those important things done. You were setup to fail.

Your day of distractions, interruptions and putting the important things off because you don’t have time to do them, kicks in.

 By the end of the day, you have only ticked off a few of the minor things on your list, you are feeling tired because you have been on the go all day and can’t recall half of the things you have done.

In 1987, I went from always being in control of my days, even when I was supervising up to 14 team members, to managing over 100 team members, plus the interactions with other head office staff and my days fell apart. I could not get the tasks on my planner done.

From then on, I have been on a constant learning drive, to learn everything I could about time management and running a business. The more I learned, the better I became.

When I started business coaching in mid 2006, the thing I noticed the most, was that the business owners I was talking to and working with, had the same problem. They were struggling to keep their day under control.

I then took some time to identify all of the skills I had learned over the years, that helped me to keep control of my day and get the things I needed to do done. As I reviewed the list, it showed that there are four areas you need to develop skills in, they are;

  1. Planning

  • Understanding why you want to have a business
  • Developing your vision of what you want to achieve with your business
  • Set the long term and then short-term goals for your business, based on your vision.
  • Plan your business goals for the next 12 months.
  • Creating a quarterly action plan of tasks you will carry out to achieve your goals over the next 3 months.
  1. Time Management

  • Using your quarterly plan to create your weekly activity plans, based on a default week plan.
  • Creating workable daily action plans. 
  1. Personal Time Management Skills

Procrastination

  • Understanding what makes you put things off.
  • Ensuring you complete your most important tasks each day.

Distractions

  • Knowing how long you can focus on an activity before your mind starts wandering.
  • It’s about knowing what things distract you during the day and creating a methodology on how you will handle them.
  • It’s about having a method of operating your day, to ensure you keep your energy levels high, throughout the whole day.
  1. People Management/Leadership Skills

Interruptions

  • It’s about understanding how to provide clear direction to the team
  • It’s about ensuring they are trained properly on what you want them to do
  • It’s about how well you communicate to them to get your message across the first time.
  • It’s about knowing how to recruit quality people into your business.
  • It’s about knowing how to handle poor performance.
  • Helping your team to learn to solve their problems and not come to you all the time.
  • It’s about helping them to learn how to find the answers they need, instead of coming to you every minute of the day.
  • It’s about your future strategic direction of the business.
  • It’s about your staff planning for the business.
  • It’s about using technology to automate your business as much as possible.

These are the skills you need to develop over time, to get your day under control and manage your time better. It’s more than just having a plan for your day.

I focused my coaching on the skills that you need to be able get your day under control and grow your business. There are further skills in marketing and sales etc, but without these core skills, you will struggle to do the rest.

The thing I love and I’m so focused on, is when a client starts to understand a specific concept and develops the skill and starts to create more success in their business and their life. It is a magic moment, each time you see it.

Through this online video training program, I can provide you with those key areas of knowledge in each of these skills and start to see you develop the skill and gain the results you are looking for.

All of these skills that took me many years to find, understand and develop, are in this 3-part program, that you can access anywhere in the world, as long as there is an internet connection. And, you can complete the program in 1 to 2 months and then continue to hone your skills and start getting twice as much done in your day and having time left over to do the things you love to do.

The program is also supported by a weekly live webinar “Ask The Time Retriever” where I answer questions on time management, that I receive during the week. Free to course participants.

Have a great week,

Peter Johnson – The Time Retriever  –  www.timeretrievers.com.au

 

Peter is an experienced business coach who has been working with over 158 businesses and childcare centres, and thousands of people in his workshops and speaking engagements.

He found that the biggest issue for business owners, is their inability to take control of their day and to stop putting things off to later because of distractions and interruptions, resulting in their failing to get those important things done when they planned.

He has helped business owners create successful businesses, through first developing their time management skills and then using these skills, plus many others, to grow and develop the critical areas of their businesses.

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Why Do I Put Things Off To Later?

Why Do I Put Things Off To Later?

There’s always a lot of reasons/excuses as to why people put things off to later.

 

They will say self doubt, limiting beliefs, scared of failing, has to be perfect, anxiety. Some of these points might actually be hidden and we are not actually aware of why we put something off, we just feel the fear and it makes us uncertain of the unknown.

 

Let’s create a scenario;

I have my plan for today, there is a list of tasks I need to get done and the one that I have selected as my most important task for the day and know I should do it right now, is also something I hate doing, or it is going to take some time to do, or it is a difficult task. Keep in mind, these thoughts about them, more than likely come from an underlying fear.

Inside my head, I am coming up with whatever excuses/reasons that I think is OK to enable me to now say, I will do these few quicker and easier things, go and check out a particular thing, then speak to Marry about X. When I have done those, I will then have time to sit down and do this task.

The problem is, everything else is now starting to happen in your day, new tasks are being added to the list, you have people coming to you to find out how to fix this problem, they need answers to various questions, customers are ringing, suppliers are ringing.

Your day is very busy and before you know it, it is 5.30pm and you still haven’t done the important tasks on your list. Those couple of easy things are done, but your mind has been weighed down all day, with the thoughts in the back of your mind saying, “I still have to do that task, “oh I hate doing it”. It feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders all day. You will notice that, you actually get less done in your day.

You also have the situation, where some people’s days are not busy, they have time to do things, but they will still use the same reasons to put that important task off to later. And, not get it done. “It’s Ok, I have time to do it later today”

 

Your thoughts control what you do

I have seen eBooks etc written, 21 ways to stop procrastinating, 11 ways to stop putting things off, etc, etc. All these ways just give you more reasons to procrastinate.

There is only one way to stop this from happening, and that is to take control of your thoughts.

Your thoughts control what you do, if you are thinking negative, you will be doing negative things. If your thoughts are positive, you will be doing positive things. 

What you think about something is what will make you love it, hate it, fear it, become anxious about it, make you think you can’t achieve it, make you think you can achieve it. It makes you say to yourself, why bother, it won’t happen, people like me just don’t have that sort of success, I can’t smash through that glass ceiling.

The great thing is, you can change the way you are thinking about something in an instant.

As soon as you hear yourself saying, this task will take too long, I hate doing it, it’s difficult, etc, etc, tell yourself, that is negative thinking and change your thoughts to the positive, I will get this done and that will mean I will achieve X.

 

Successful People

Over many years, I have been around and worked with people who have been highly successful and the one thing I notice about them, is that they have the same thoughts and fears about doing things as anyone else. The difference is, although these thoughts and fears are there, they take control of their thoughts and get on with doing whatever it is, that needs to be done, there and then. They don’t wait.

I remember there would be times when as I was talking with them about something new. If they liked the idea we were discussing, even though it may be something quite challenging and they had a fear about doing it, they would be on the phone or taking some sort of action about implementing it, whilst we were still talking about it.

Don’t wait, if you think you should be doing it, then start doing it. As Nike say’s “Just Do It”

 

Comfort Zone

If you take a look at the things you set as your most important tasks, you will notice that they are based around taking you forward, achieving your goals. They are going to create something new in your life and will take you out of your comfort zone and that creates fear of the unknown.

Also, take notice, you never put off doing something you like doing, even if it is of very little use to you achieving the success you are looking for.

 

It’s is just a fraction of a second

The reality is, that the difference between you doing something now and putting it off to later is a fraction of a second.

If you are sitting there thinking about doing something now, or putting it off to later, all you need to do is make the movement towards doing it. 

Let’s say you have to make a phone call to a customer you know is unhappy. The difference between you making that call now, or later, is the action to pick up the phone. Instead of saying I going to hate this call, I’ll do it later, you control your thoughts, say, I’ll do it now and immediately pick up the phone and ring.

All that takes less than a second and that less than a second, is the difference between getting it done now and putting it off to later, and having it on your mind all day, weighing you down. 

The difference between you achieving your goal or not achieving it, is less than a second.

 

The Process (what I teach my clients to do)

Take back control of your day, by taking back control of your thoughts!

Plan your day (the day before)

  • Use your diary and to do planner to plan your appointments and list of tasks.
  • Prioritise your tasks (it is easier if you prioritise the first 3 and then reprioritise the next 3 after they are completed)

Your number 1 Task

  • Set your thoughts to doing it now – No excuses
  • Determine how long it will take to do (if it will take more time than you can allow, i.e. more than 60 – 90 minutes, break it down into sections and plan to do them over the number of days needed)
  • Plan the time to do it.
    • If you can, hold calls or let calls go to message bank.
    • Let people know they are not to disturb you, except in a real emergency.
    • Make sure your mobile phone notifications etc are off or put the phone where it can’t disturb you. (you are only going to be a short time in reality)
    • Emails off
    • Use a timer, so you don’t go over time.
    • Keep yourself focused on the task.

Set yourself to take these steps, we are only talking about 60 to 90 minutes in your day. If you are not used to doing it this way, you will feel uncomfortable, however, as you do it more and more, you will see that you start to get these difficult things completed early in your day, you are no longer thinking about that task that you still have to do and therefore are not weighed down by those awful feelings. You will find you get more done. And, more importantly, you will be starting to complete and achieve your goals. Your day will be more enjoyable.

 

To Summarise it all

It all boils down to one thing, control your thoughts and you will control your life.

Stop coming up with excuses on why you can’t do things. Remember;

  • If you think you can’t, you can’t
  • If you think you can, you can
  • If you think you fear it, you fear it.
  • If you think you like it, you like it.
  • If you think it’s hard, it’s hard.
  • If you think it’s easy, it’s easy.
  • If you think it is unachievable, it’s unachievable.
  • If you think it’s achievable, it’s achievable.
  • If you think you can’t afford it, you cant.
  • If you think you can afford it, you can

What ever you think it will be, it will be. When you think you can’t, your mind is closed on how it can be done. If you think you can, your mind is open to finding how you can do it.

 

Work on your mindset being;

“I am going to do it now and get it out of the way”.

 

Have a great week.

Peter Johnson – The Time Retriever

Peter is an experienced business coach who has been working with over 158 businesses and childcare centres, and thousands of people in his workshops and speaking engagements.

He found that one of the biggest issues for business owners looking to create a successful business, was their inability to take control of their day.

He has helped business owners create successful businesses, through first developing their time management skills and then using these skills, plus many others, to grow and develop the critical areas of their businesses.

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Boss – I Need To Talk To You About My Holidays Now

Boss – I Need To Talk To You About My Holidays Now

Boss, I Need To Talk About My Holidays Now!

 

Have you had your team members come to you saying this?

Do you notice it is mostly at an inappropriate time when you are in the middle of doing something else? 

As your business grows, the interruptions for holiday requests become more frequent. I was talking with a business owner recently, who said she was amazed at how often the holiday request interruptions were and that by the time she had looked up what holidays they were due, took a look at the roster and the month the request was for, and then discussed when the holidays could be taken and put them into the roster and her diary, it could take 15 to 20 minutes each time a request came in.

If you are running a business that has team members employed, it is important that you set some guidelines around how things are done in your business. Most would call them operational procedures.

Holiday requests are one area that you need to set the guidelines on.

The first thing to do is, decide what day you will process leave applications. Just because someone has come to you this instance, doesn’t mean you have to arrange their holiday there and then.

Once you have decided on your plan for approving holiday requests, you must let your team members know, so they will be aware of what will happen when they put in their holiday requests.

The next thing to do, is to require holiday requests to be submitted on a specific leave form, or by email.

The submitted leave forms are then placed in a specific team folder, where, on the day you have set to process leave applications, you will go to that folder to get the applications, so they can all be processed at the same time.

If you have a business where you have to prepare rosters on regular basis, ensure you have a set day and time for preparing your roster and review the holiday requests at this day and time.

By carrying out your holiday approval process in this manner, you will find you will save time by doing them in one batch. It will also be easier to prepare your roster as well.

It will also reduce interruptions in your day, as the team member can simply hand you the application or leave it in the team folder, thus not having to stop you from what you are doing.

If a team member comes to you and they say they need specific dates for holidays because they have already booked the holidays, without consulting you, do not feel pressured to accept their request. You let them know that you will review their request on the day you have planned. Then, If the dates they have requested do not suit the business, organise with them dates that are suitable and they will need to change their bookings.

There will always be short notice leave required for compassionate grounds and we will always work with the team member on these occasions. However, requests for holidays, need to suit the business as well as the team member. I have seen businesses struggling, because there were too many staff on leave at the same time, simply because of poor planning processes by the owners.

As the business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure this does not happen.

Having a planned approach to how you plan and approve holiday requests, enables you to ensure that your team get their well earned break and the business carries on seamlessly whilst they are away.

If you would like to know more about managing your team, simply send me a message and I will follow up.

Have a great week.

Peter Johnson – The Time Retriever

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