Of my most recent Rants, three particular subjects have met with your interest and response more than others.
One was how to get more of the right stuff done. Two was the power of setting goals, and thirdly, of course, how I did myself some damage coming off my push bike recently.
While wanting to give you more of what you want, I have decided that having another accident and finishing up in Emergency, is not actually on my agenda, even though it did get your interest, quite honestly for all the right reasons and thank you for your kind words.
So I have decided to reveal to you a powerful principle I have lived my life by. It does take “brass balls”, and most people even when their life depends upon it, can’t do it, or won’t, even though it is incredibly simple.
You go figure, anyway here it is…
It is called “The Regiment Principle” and its definition using dictionary.com is: “to manage or treat in a rigid, uniform manner; subject to strict discipline”.
Let me explain what I mean and why this principle, above all else, will see you get more of the right stuff done and maybe even more importantly, your employees get more of the right stuff done, be more productive, and enthused about what they do.
For example, AIDS sufferers, if they want a chance to live, have to follow a very, very, very strict regimen of pill popping. This many pills at that time, with food, without food, before a meal and after a meal, refrigerate, don’t refrigerate. Some pills are taken to compensate or counteract the side effects from the AIDS pills in the first place. The supplement list is exhaustive.
Studies have found that with any type of medication regimen, whether it is to treat HIV, diabetes, or high blood pressure, there are several reasons why people have difficulty adhering to their prescribed medications. (These Statistics are from Adherence to HAART, 1997) One study found:
- 40% of people said they simply forgot to take their meds
- 37% slept through a dose
- 34% were away from home
- 27% had made a change in their therapy routine
- 22% were too busy to take their meds
- 13% were too sick
- 10% were experiencing side effects
- 9% were suffering from depression
After much effort on behalf of the medical industry to help AIDS sufferers, and in spite of all this, and the fact that the regimen could quite possibly save or extend their lives, a large number simply couldn’t or wouldn’t, follow it. Some did follow it for a little while, others simply couldn’t stick to the regiment.
This in a sense is true of all of us. We all know intuitively what is good for us and what isn’t, and I do of course have enormous sympathy for this group. It just seems to be a fact of nature.
Can’t remember where I read it but it went like this…
“Only 4% of people, when presented with a solution to a problem, act on it.”
Either way, that stat is pretty close and darned scary.
So here is a regiment…
And it’s only a regiment if you do it literally every day. Simply too many exceptions to that and it is no longer a regiment.
Every day everyone who I pay money to on an on-going basis, meaning employees and contractors, are required to produce a list of what they intend to get done the next day, and the same list contains a list of the results from the previous day. This is a regiment and there are no exceptions. It also contributes incredibly to productivity and clarity for all.
This list must not be created in what I call “prime time” by my staff and contractors. Prime time is in a sense 9 to 5 when they are working on the stuff that makes me money and helps me do what I do in this business, better than anyone else, that no one else can do.
The list is to be created last thing in the day, whatever that means to you.
Yes, the world does revolve around me, and it should revolve around you too, if you are the most important person in your business. If you are not, then maybe you should be working for them.
You see there is a good reason that people don’t get a lot done, including multi-million dollar salary earners for huge corporations.
And it is because they are busy making choices about how to use the time. So many things to do… where do I start?
This should be pondered and planned, not in prime time, but while driving home. For example, in prime time, sales people, should not be pondering, they should be doing and selling.
So… go to work on a list (not in prime time) each day on what you are going to do the next day, how you intend to do it, and when it is going to be done. I even make a list of 3-5 things every day and I don’t leave the office until they are done.
To summarise, the more regimented the use of your time is for you, your employees, and your contractors, the less flexible time you and they will have and the more you and they will get done.
By the way, this strategy not only works in business but it works in all forms of life. But heck, I just wasted my time and so did most of you because only 4% of you will do a damn thing with this information!
A little Discipline and Regiment is better than a lifetime of Regret!
All the best,
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