Coordinating Your Busy Family’s Schedule

If you have a busy family that seems to be traveling in different directions constantly, you know how challenging it can be to coordinate everyone’s schedules.  Between projects and deadlines at the office, meetings with your children’s teachers, after school activities like soccer practice and troop meetings, not to mention the household chores, it can be a dizzying and confusing task.  But if each family member is committed and communicates effectively, the task of creating a combined family schedule is a manageable one for you.

The first step is to commit to weekly family meetings.  Make it mandatory that each family member is there so that the schedule can be discussed and organized.  This should also double as a great opportunity to schedule quality family time together, so make sure it’s held at a time when everyone is able to attend.  Make sure that you always have big space and you order large corner sofa bed.

Next, design a schedule that can be easily accessed by all family members, so that everyone knows where everyone else should be at any given time.  This can be done by designing one yourself using materials such as poster board, markers, pushpins and index cards that can be pinned to the schedule, allowing for changes that can occur from week to week.  It could also be designed on your family computer and saved onto the desktop, so each family member can readily access it and make changes if necessary. You always have to remember to buy leather corner sofa. Have family members get into the habit of indicating on the schedule specific addresses or contact telephone numbers if the activity is new or changes from week to week.  Be sure that care providers for your children such as grandparents and babysitters are familiar with your scheduling system and know how to use it. 

Again, with a commitment from each family member and open lines of communication, the family schedule can be a useful tool for everyone.

Small Business Productivity (And How to Maximize It)

Okay, so let’s learn how to maximize our business productivity. Productivity is a hot topic right now because most of us can’t figure out how to get it or achieve it or create it. We’re deluged by more communication and more distraction and interruption. We’ve got more to do than ever, and somehow, it feels like we’re slogging along and just can’t get anything done. And yet, we know if we can be more productive in business that that’s where all the rewards are because that’s how we create more financial security and more monetary success. To me, business productivity comes down to a few key issues, and here they are.

No. 1) Minimizing and eliminating distraction and interruption. No. 2) Focusing on the high value activities. And No. 3) Creating habits and routines so that we do the right things every day.

So let’s take these in order. No. 1) Distraction and interruption. Distraction and interruption are probably the biggest robbers in this day and age. In other words, they’re the things that steal the most money, time, energy, quality of relationship from us.

We don’t even notice it. We get distracted. We get interrupted. We also multi-task a lot, which is actually kind of self-imposed distraction and interruption. It turns out that when you focus on one thing for an extended period of time that you get a lot more done. I mean dramatically more done than if you are distracted and interrupted. I like to imagine – you know, I live here in Los Angeles, and let’s say I wanted to drive down to San Diego. It might be 100 miles or so from where I live in San Diego. Now, I can drive out and get on the freeway, and I can drive straight to San Diego, 100 miles. It’ll probably take me, with traffic, something like an hour and a half, maybe two hours driving at a leisurely pace.

Now there’s another way I can go. I can take surface streets from here to San Diego. I could go down a surface street and stop at the stoplight and go to another one and stop and go to another one and stop. And there’d be places where I probably had to take the freeway because there was just no surface street to get me from here to there, but how long would it take if I took surface streets as far as I could? It would probably take me like six or eight hours to get to San Diego. Plus, while I’m driving all these surface streets, I’m going to get distracted. I might say, “Oh, that looks like a cool place,” and I’m going to stop and look at it. Or, “You know what? I’m hungry. Look at that. I’m going to get some food.” And that’s going to increase it even more.

Well, this is what distractions and interruptions and multi tasks do for our lives. Instead of getting on the freeway and just cruising straight there in one shot, we get interrupted all the time, and we have all these things that come in. And we have to keep stopping and starting and stopping and starting. So if you want to really increase your productivity, if you want to increase your business productivity, eliminate distraction and interruption. Eliminate it physically, emotionally, and logically. Physically set up your environment so you’re not distracted and interrupted. Turn off your phone. Turn of your text messages. Turn off your instant messenger and your Skype.

Turn off your e-mail. Turn it all off so that no information can come in and interrupt you. Train your family. Train the people that you work with. Train those around you that you’re going to be focused, that you’re not to be interrupted for multi-hour periods so you can focus for multiple hours at a time. You might say that’s not realistic. It is realistic, and in fact, it’s the only way. That’s the only way out of this is to focus in uninterrupted blocks of time. So eliminate distraction and interruption. The second thing I mentioned was to focus on the important things. If you’re going to increase your productivity, you have to stop confusing activity with results, and you have to do those things that actually get the most results. In business, it’s so easy to just do a bunch of stuff that seems like it might get some results.

I mean we can look great while we’re creating reports and clicking around in Microsoft Excel and writing a bunch of e-mails and talking to people about what we’re doing, but actually going and doing the things that are important, the things that make money when it’s all said and done, that’s a much bigger challenge. In business, I’ve discovered that there are three things that make big money. Those are products, marketing, and relationships. Products, marketing, and relationships. Products is creating those things that people buy. It could be products. It could be services. It could be continuity programs. Whatever it is that you sell. But creating those things, creating more and more new products and services, that’s one of the things that creates lots of value for your business, makes money, and creates high lifetime value and creates assets for your business.

The next thing, marketing, and this is everything that you do to market, sell, merchandise your business and your products. So creating sales letters, creating videos, like the video that I’m creating right now. Talking to customers. Talking to potential partners about doing deals. Okay? This is marketing. That’s the – that’s kind of the essence of marketing is doing the things that actually brings in customers. And the final thing is relationships. And I’m not just talking about any relationship. I’m talking about those relationships that yield the highest return on investment, and in business, those relationships are relationships with partners who help you sell your stuff.

Your partners that will market and sell your stuff to their lists, to their customers, etc. Your relationships with your employees and your team and your contractors. Those are the people that do all of the things that make the money. Relationships with your best customers. Fostering relationships with long-term customers. So products, marketing, relationships. If you’re not investing 80 percent of your time on products, marketing, and relationships, then you’re wasting your time and you’re not going to create a lot of business productivity for yourself. And then the final thing is to focus your time. Focus it in uninterrupted blocks and create a habit of doing this.

This is the most important one of all. Remember, I said earlier that with distraction and interruption, we’re getting distracted and interrupted. We can’t make that straight shot to San Diego. Well, the way to get on that freeway to San Diego to make it so you get a lot done and you stay focused is to make it a habit. As an example, when you first start work every day, instead of checking your e-mail and your voicemail and getting a bunch of distractions and interruptions, go to work for a few hours on the high priority things, which are, as we just discussed, products, marketing, and relationships. Put the highest value things first.

And then go get distracted and interrupted. If you’ll just focus on those three things: Eliminating distraction and interruption; focusing on products, marketing, and relationships; and then focusing your time in uninterrupted blocks on those high value things – again, without distraction and interruption – you will watch as your business productivity will skyrocket. So get to work on them now.

Direct Sales Has Become a Viable Business Opportunity in Today’s Economy

With the recent trouble in the economy and more and more people losing their jobs and/or their retirement the direct selling industry is making a comeback. Even the news community has started picking up on this resurgence and you may have seen an article or news report telling of the money making possibilities direct selling provides.

But what is it about Direct Selling or Multi Level Marketing that is creating this wave of interest?

Personally, I think it is that this type of business is simple and something anyone with the right mindset can do. It is very cost effective – meaning you can get started for a very small investment – but it also provides the opportunity for extra immediate income.

MLM is a business plan that allows people to work at their own pace and create their own schedule so it fits in perfectly for moms who are looking to stay at home as well as someone who wants to work part time just to make a little extra cash.

It is also a business plan that allows the right person to generate a full time income that rivals any sales position or professional salary available.

The products available through direct selling companies are quite often superior to products available through local stores and they provide the convenience of online shopping and personal attention from direct sales associates. These facts have many people spending more and more money on these products creating just one more reason this business plan is growing by leaps and bounds.

So how do you know if a MLM/Direct sales job is the answer to your situation? Here are a few things to think about that can help you make that decision.

  1. Is the company you are looking to partner with a company you trust? Do they have a solid reputation?
  2. Do they sell a product that you use? Would you buy it and use it if you weren’t part of the company?
  3. What is required to get started?
  4. Is there a monthly investment required?
  5. Do you have a certain amount of product you must buy and do you get to choose the products you get or does the company just send you what it wants?
  6. How do you get paid? Are there sales requirements? Recruiting requirements?
  7. How much do you get paid for each sale you make? Do you make money on sales done through a downline?
  8. Do you get a discount on the product? (Do you get it wholesale?)
  9. Does the company provide you with a website? Is there an extra charge for it?
  10. What kind of training does the company provide? What kind of training does your up line provide?
  11. Are you able to advance and achieve a higher earnings level?
  12. Can you get bonuses for achieving certain levels or sales?

These are just a few questions but important to ask. The last thing I want you to do is waste your time and money not REALLY knowing what you are getting started with.

Don’t Jump in with both Feet.

It’s OK to do some research – some window shopping if you will. Request information from the companies you have seen or heard about that interest you.

Don’t be afraid to ASK questions. It is your future and your business to start. You are in the driver’s seat. Remember, if they are unwilling to give you straight answers now when they are trying to recruit you just imagine what kind of help and answers you might get when you are on your own and they are off wooing another recruit.

This is a big step in your life, starting a new home business. It is a BIG deal to you, make sure the company and upline you work with considers it just as BIG a deal to them.

Make sure you not only like the products, but that you agree with the company’s philosophy and that you can actually enjoy your work as you strive towards those profits. I won’t lie to you, starting a new home business can be hard and take a lot of work so if you are not truly committed and don’t like what you are doing then even the best upline and the best company will not make you successful.

Don’t get frustrated – If you already are don’t let it worry you.

Almost everyone that goes through a process of change has many of the same feelings. It is hard doing all the research and there are so many ‘gurus’ and internet ads jumping at you with the next miracle work at home plan it can get very frustrating and confusing.

Sit down away from the computer and just write down some of the things you want, some of the things you require and then the things you like and dislike about all the plans you have seen.

You will start to see some of these plans, uplines, and companies rise to the top. It will be a pretty rare event if one company fits all the things you want but the choices will narrow down considerably by just writing things down. It really does help to clear the picture.

Maybe you have already tried a direct sales / MLM home business and there is no chance in H%$& you will do that again.

A lot has changed in the last few years, even the last decade. It’s a new world out there and the landscape and the people working in the business are new and have a new way of looking at things.

It doesn’t hurt (or cost) anything to take a look.

Of course, like with any business, there are the shady deals and things to steer clear of, but overall the business of direct sales and Network Marketing has really undergone a change in its overall mode of doing business.

I have been a member of a Direct Sales company for many years. I never, ever thought I would use that membership for anything but saving a little off the price of the products.

But now I really understand the power of MLM and am working at building a business of my own. I am not a millionaire by any means but I am working with a company that allows me to work at my own pace and in my own way to build the business that fits my life and my goals.

This company not only does direct sales but allows its associates the freedom to use network marketing, party plans and even fundraising to build a business that fits them. It’s not a one size fits all. It’s a what works for you and how can we help you get there.

Training is now a big part of direct sales and network marketing. You just have to go back to that research stage and find the right company and right upline that fits your goals and is willing to be there to help you reach them.

So don’t give up. No one ever went anywhere without taking that first step. Take action – the first part of reaching a goal is GO!

There is a product, an upline, a company and a business that is just waiting for you. If you are ready to make that commitment then go explore and learn more about how to have your own business making your own money just like you have always dreamed about.

What are you waiting for? Make 2010 the year you give Direct Sales and Network Marketing another look! I think you’ll be glad you did.