Keep in mind as you read this; being tired leads to stress/worry and stress/worry leads to being tired. Nice little vicious cycle, ha? Anyhow, the solution for this is to read on and see just what Mr. Carnegie has in mind!
Dale writes in Chapter 26 of, “How To Stop Worrying And Start Living,” that the first good working habit to have is; make sure that your desk is clear of everything (papers, etcetera) that do not have anything to do with the immediate task at hand. Dale explains that if there is a bunch of stuff on your desk (papers that need to be filled out, letters that need answering and God only knows what else) you are already setting yourself up for building tension/worry.
Having this pile of stuff confront you when you walk through the door to your office creates a sense of urgency. It tends to leave one feeling that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.
So, if you keep the letters answered, the paperwork filled out and all other business finished you have no pile plus less stress/worry because you are on top of it all. In short; what Dale is saying in this part of the chapter is more or less, “Deal with your important business as soon as possible and it will not be unfinished!” You can’t lose sleep or otherwise stress over what’s already been done, “Right?”
Next Dale Carnegie tells us rule number two; handle things in order of importance. Some things are more important than others. When it comes to your work there are always going to be certain types of business that are a priority.
For example; if you are an internet marketer who has sites to work on that aren’t making you much money at the moment but are writing book summaries for kindle that are generating a better amount of cash flow for you than what your websites are doing, which are you more than likely to prioritize? If you said writing more book summaries, “You would be correct!” If you do volunteer work in addition to your regular business; obviously the business that earns you money is going to take a certain amount of priority over your volunteer work.
This doesn’t mean that you blow off your volunteer commitments or stop working on building up your less than profitable business ventures. It just means that what draws the cash in is of greater importance than those things that, “Might,” draw the cash in, “If at all,” and should be taken care of first. “Yes!” You can set time aside for those secondary things you still want to work on but for most of us the first order of business is to make money so the priority with any job is obviously to work on those projects which keep the cash moving our way, “First!”
Now, moving on to rule number three; solve problems on the spot if you have all the facts necessary to do so. Also, don’t put off decisions you can make today until tomorrow. It’s just going to create more stress for you the longer it is permitted to weigh on your mind. You got a problem? You know the solution? Don’t procrastinate! Put your solution into action! It really is that simple!
Dale’s good working habit rule number four; learn to organize, delegate and over see things. Mr. Carnegie points out that anyone building up a business must learn to delegate things to the right people if they are going to be able to move their business forward. We can’t do everything ourselves. Those of us looking to build businesses from the ground up can certainly attempt this, “I can do it all myself. I don’t need anyone’s help,” approach to running our enterprises but we will certainly be moving towards our graves ahead of schedule if we do. Many strong headed business people have tried to do it all on their own, setting a shining example for the rest of us, which can easily be found in the obituary column of any local newspaper.
Working on everything alone just creates way too much anxiety, sense of hurriedness and worry to be worth it. Dale says that he knows it’s hard to learn to delegate but that, in so many words, the alternative is just unthinkable.
I’ll take life! How about you?