Are YOU Your FIRST Priority?

Here’s a question for you to ponder: 

Would it make a difference (in your mortgage practice) if your IT department shut down your email account from 8 am to 10 am every day? 

Hmmmm…

On the one hand, it may make you crazy wondering if you are missing some important emails.

On the other hand, it just might be a life-changer for you.

Think of it this way… going cold turkey and not checking your emails over a two-hour time span enables you to concentrate on “proactive work” versus “reactive work.” 

What is reactive work?

Reactive work is something that compels you to respond to the so-called “urgent” needs of other people.  Before you know it, the morning is shot, you’ve taken care of everyone else’s problems or issues—but have done nothing to work on YOUR business. 

Checking emails first thing in the morning can easily derail your short-term or long-term planning time.  Managing your business by being off-line for a few hours in the morning means that YOU recognize that YOU are your FIRST priority. 

Tom Rath, the author of Strength Finders 2.0 (and other great business books), writes:

What you will be most proud of a year from now will not be anything that was a result of you simply responding to other people’s needs.  It will be creating something that lasts.

By the way, one of the sessions at the Mortgage Girlfriends Mastermind Retreat (October 8 & 9 in Chicago) will be “Taking Care of Business:  How to Get Stuff Done," which will also cover this topic of "reactive" vs. "proactive" work!