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How to Have an Amazing 2015


“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

-Henry David Thoreau

What’s so great about the holidays?

I know the traffic can be a grind and the grocery store can be insanity, but outside of that, it’s a magical time.

To me the best part of the holiday season is reconnecting with friends and family.  It’s also about taking time to slow down and enjoy the present.  When we slow down, we are more engaged in the moment and can truly enjoy it.

Most of the time we are distracted thinking about our appointment later or our bank account balance and how low it might be. *Sigh*

Why can’t we enjoy our time like this more often?

The answer is time.  We are pressed for time because it takes time to make money.

We need money and no matter how much we get, it never seems to be enough.

I work with clients across the continent and lack of time is their most common problem.

In 2015, I ask that you re-think the way that you look at money, time and experiences.  Trust me when I say, having more money will not make your 2015 better, but having more time and experiences will.

Ever made a bad investment that cost you one years worth (or more) of your income?  I have.  After the anger or sadness washed away, I thought to myself,  “All those times my buddies invited me to golf and I said no”  or “All those daytime lunches I could have taken with my wife”  or “Wow, we didn’t even take one vacation with the family last year”.  It was the  experiences I passed on to get that money that made me upset the most.

Ever have a loved one that had a close call with their health that you could have lost?  I have.  The scariest part was how I treated them recently.  Was it well enough?  It’s regrets in life that are the scariest.

As you write your 2015 business plan, mission/ vision statement I ask you to think about the following first:

What’s my mission/vision for my family this year?  What’s my mission/vision for me personally?

You can work to keep up with the Joneses and all the things they have but it won’t make you truly happy.  Get rid of your clutter, pay down your debts (and don’t create ANY new debt) and move experiences up your priority list.

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If we spend less money we won’t have to dedicate so much time to getting more of it.  Who needs lots of fancy things?  Trade them both for amazing experiences with those you love.  Schedule in your planner daytime laughing with friends or your spouse.

I hope you make 2015 the best year ever!
Happy New Years,


How a Virtual Assistant can put a little pep in your step. Part 3 of 3.

Family-Fun How a Virtual Assistant can put a little pep in your Step, Part 3.

This post will be short and sweet.

Spending more time with your Friends, Family and Yourself is good for you. You probably even want to do it, but you don’t have the time.

How much time do we need? Let’s focus on freeing up 2 hours per day. If we fall short of our goal even by half, who cares, that’s 5 hours freed up per week. Assuming you only work 5 days and we know Realtors do work more.

If you do hit your goal of working 2 hours less per day, that’s 10 hours per week saved.

That equals out to 2 lunch dates with your souse + 2 play dates with your daughters or boys + 1 Monday night NFL game out with the boys. You get the idea. Let’s just call it 10 more hours of actual life per week.

I don’t need to sell you on the benefits of a lunch out with your spouse (you know how happy that will make them). How about fathers spending more time with their daughters?

Check this out this book called Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. The premise is that fathers are the ones who influence their daughter’s growth most. – A MUST read for fathers of daughters.

There are hidden benefits of spending time with friends too. Click here to read more on that.

So how do we achieve this using a VA? I would recommend writing down on a worksheet, what you do throughout the day today.

And here is a great delegation quiz for you as well. – Delegation Sheet

Delegation is the secret sauce.

Take notice of what only you can do and what can be handed off. Most of us – Including myself, only do 2-4 hours of actual high impact work everyday, on a good day. The rest is wasted time.

As you get into this practice of logging your tasks and what you do, start reviewing it in the mornings. Think about what your day would look like if you just spent the morning delegating and handing things off that you normally do yourself.

This process of delegation is awkward in the beginning but practice does make perfect. It will not be long before you get the hang of this process, so stick with it. It will pay major dividends for you soon.

Most people I talk with say to me, “I don’t know what a VA can actually do.” That is the wrong question to be asking though.
The question to ask is – “What can’t my VA do?” Assuming they can’t do much is just an easy way out from taking the time to train and delegate.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric spent up to half of his days just following up with his staff? It seemed to work well for him. His quote, “You build the best team, you win”.

I will take his word for it. During his 20-year tenure, he increased GE’s company value by 4,000%. Not too shabby.

Spending the first hour or two of your morning delegating off to your Virtual Assistant can and will save you all the time you need to put that pep in your step.

If you need help, feel free to contact us. Helping Brokers achieve their goals is what we do at Cutyourpayroll.com.