With the official launching of the Agency Accelerator blog marks the dawn of a new day. A bright new future. And with that, a very special holiday to celebrate it.
Move over Mother’s Day, today is Quit Lying to Yourself Day!
Granted, it is not yet recognized by Hallmark as an official holiday, but that’s not going to stop me from wishing you all a very happy Quit Lying Yourself Day with or without the appropriate card!
So, I bet you are wondering what all of this means. Well, today is the day we’re going to stop lying to ourselves and everyone else around us about our effort level. About all of those times you have tried to convince yourself that you gave it your best. That you did everything you could. That you have nothing left.
It’s all one big lie.
Let’s be honest. If everything you did today from the time you opened your eyes in the morning until the time you put your head on the pillow at night was printed on a two page spread in every newspaper in the country with the headline “Is This Person Doing Everything They Can?” how would you feel?
Would you be a little embarrassed? Or perhaps completely humiliated at the idea of others seeing what you really do all day?
Or would you spend the rest of your day running around trying to get extra copies for your scrapbook? Maybe save a copy to show the kids how to learn from your example? Spend the rest of your day strutting around full of pride with your “that’s right bitches, I got this” look on your face?
I bet you wouldn’t be too proud. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you would probably pay a lot of money to make sure that nobody saw how little you really did over the course of the day. How much time you spent screwing around on Facebook. How much time you spent texting your friends. How much time you spent checking your e-mail while the important stuff was ignored. How much time you spent catching up on your “shows” on Netflix.
Well, Here’s a Newsflash…
Unless we are running full speed. Trying to chase down something we’re passionate about. Something we have a crisp and clear vision of. A goal or outcome that we just can’t live without. Most of us will slip into our default setting of wasting away the day. Being busy being busy but not necessarily being effective.
Now, there’s nothing you can do to rewrite yesterday, but you can go all out starting right now. You can choose to go after it with everything that you have. You can decide right now to go down swinging today and everyday thereafter.
You can make the calls. Knock on the doors. Show up. And make something happen.
You can quit lying to yourself and start taking massive action. Right now. Or you can continue doing what you are currently doing.
The choice is yours.
If you are content with the amount of effort or lack there of that you are putting and think that good enough is good enough, then stop reading. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and leave us a comment telling us how much you hated this blog post. We’re OK with it. At least we’re doing something.
But if you know there is something better out there for you. If you know that you aren’t quite where you want to be. If you know that you have the potential to do something great if only you quit lying to yourself, then here is a little homework.
Track Your Entire Day
Every minute that you spend should be accounted for. You have a system for balancing your checkbook so you can see where each penny goes. Why wouldn’t you do the same for your time? Isn’t time more valuable than money? There is an unlimited amount of money out there, but not time.
You need to do this. Lucky for you, it’s simple to do. But when something is simple to do that also means it’s simple not to do. So, you are going to have to force yourself to follow through on this. We’re counting on you!
There are plenty of programs and apps out there that remove any and all of the excuses you may have for not doing it. You could even use a simple piece of paper and pen if you’re going cry about it.
Here are a few options.
This is what we use to monitor how efficient we are when sitting at the computer. It’s pretty simple. It runs in the background and at the end of each day you receive a report telling you how efficient you have been throughout the day. It’s a big finger pointed in your direction. Those minutes on Facebook add up. It’s a tough pill to swallow when you look back at your day and realize that you didn’t get everything done and yet you were able to accumulate 45 minutes on Facebook in 3 minute intervals. The basic account is free and is probably all you will need unless you want to track some other stuff like your offline activities and phone calls. Click here to check RescueTime.
If you are afraid that using RescueTime is a way for the government to spy on you (as if they give a shit about what you’re doing) then take it offline and create a simple spreadsheet using Excel, Google Drive or Numbers. Going down the left side put the time in 15 minute increments. Along the top put Monday through Sunday. Keep it open on the side and throughout the day keep making a note of what you are doing every 15 minutes. It’s a lot more tedious than using RescueTime but it’s beats doing nothing about it.
As a last resort, keep a piece of paper next to you and throughout the day write down what you are doing every 15 minutes. If you thought the spreadsheet method was bad, this gives tedious a whole new name. But what you lose in convenience you make up in immediate results. Because as you are writing down everything that you are doing throughout the course of the day you are basically telling on yourself. You only have to write “Candy Crush” once or twice before you start to feel a little embarrassed and get back to doing something actually worthwhile with your time.
Whichever way you choose, do it. Throw yourself into it. Chances are there will be things that make you cringe, but unless we’re honest with where we are spending our time, we’re not going to fix it.
As far as what we’re going to do with it once you collected the data? That comes next week. So, sign up for the free newsletter. Join the community. Comment. Tell your story. Share your struggles. Get involved.
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