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Pay Yourself First For Premium Results!

March 2, 2010
by Scott Levitt ·  

Scott’s Thoughts: Pay Yourself First
Learn to recognize and act first on your personal priorities
“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” –Aldous Huxley

Have you ever found yourself falling short of your personal goals, and wondered why (again) you’ve failed to reach the milestones you’ve set for yourself? There’s a straightforward reason you may not be achieving what you set out to achieve:

You don’t pay yourself first.

The concept of paying yourself first isn’t new, but it’s often forgotten. It is the key to incrementally attaining positive results, and it goes like this:

  1. Determine what your most goal is; you can’t work well until you know what you’re working towards.
  2. Identify the time of day when you have the most focus and energy– for some it may be first thing in the morning, for others, it may be late at night when the world quiets down.
  3. Match the tasks you must complete to reach your goal to the time when you have the most focus and energy. Set this time aside to work on what is most important to you.

A lot of us fall prey to wasting some of our most productive, high-energy time on tasks which require little of our bodies and brains. Do you really want to waste that first cup of coffee going through your e-mail and weeding out spam? It may seem like the natural time to tackle the task, but wouldn’t it be far better to brainstorm new marketing ideas as that caffeine is surging through your body?

Save the mundane, the easy, and the least interesting tasks for that time of day when you can sit back and utilize that half-a-brain-cell you’ve got left. If you’re trying to pay yourself after a long day, two glasses of wine, and cleaning the house, your returns will be severely limited.

Pay yourself first and you’ll get premium results!

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