The Best Advice I Read in 2011

We all like to put together a list of New Year’s resolutions. The problem is that we sometimes get so wrapped up in the list that we create something that is unattainable and overwhelming. Earlier this year, Fast Company magazine posted this blog with five great ideas for personal success.  I like it because it it is clear and concise. I’m going to try it.

“5 Things to Do Every Day for Success”   by Fast Company Expert Blogger Dayna Steele

1. Wake up early. For the next week, get up a half an hour earlier that you normally do–and get going. If you get a few more things done, then get up even earlier the next week. Early in the morning is a great time to get        work done because most of your associates have not started emailing, tweeting, or posting yet.

2. Read the headlines and watch the news. Not only should you know what is going on in the world, you will also be the first to recognize opportunities (if you followed #1) for you and your business–long before the competition has even had their first cup of coffee.

3. Send something to one person who can hire you or buy your product–something you promised to follow-up with, a quick email with a link to something relevant or a “Hey, just checking in to see how thing are going” email.

4. Touch base with an old friend or associate you haven’t talked to in ages. Ask how they are, what are they working on and ask or suggest how you might help. You’ll make their day.

5. Write a handwritten note to someone. Seriously, it is a lost art and makes quite an impression. There is always someone you can send a thank you note to–or you aren’t doing things correctly. A simple yet highly effective list. Try all five every weekday for a month. Then, tell me I’m right. If I’m wrong, I’ll buy you a cup of coffee. When you finally wake up …

I love this list, and am trying my best to incorporate it.

It all makes sense.

It’s all practical and attainable.

Tell me how you do. I’ll do the same.