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3 Things Yoda Has Taught Me About Business

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Saturday morning movies are becoming a ‘thing’ in the Lee household…Mom catches some zzz’s while Dad and Baby post up on the couch downstairs. Naturally I want to start Sawyer off on the right foot so we’ve started chugging through the Star Wars movies

At the weeeee hours of the morning what else is there to do but throw in your favorite inter-galactic war movie and start getting over-analytical about iconic movie quotes?

Maybe Sawyer will grow up to be a Jedi Master?! I can only hope…

Maybe Sawyer will grow up to be a Jedi Master?! I can only hope…

1) “You must unlearn what you have learned.”

This one was a no-brainer for me to include on the list. When I first started taking over more managerial responsibilities at the facility I kept doing the tasks and kept the same attitude that lead me to the promotion.

I never unlearned what I had learned.

Simply stated - what got you somewhere might not take you to where you want to go next.

I needed to evolve, find new resources, new role models, read new books, put myself in new situations that challenged my comfort level and expanded my threshold for business and the responsibilities I was taking on as well as prepare me for the next wave to come.

Takeaway: Your current level of knowledge is the base of your pyramid. Keep acquiring so your foundation can grow. Your ability to apply your knowledge will allow your pyramid to grow higher and higher.

2) “[Luke:] I can’t believe it. [Yoda:] That is why you fail.”

Self doubt. That is what Yoda taught me in this interaction with his young Padawon. In business the second you start to have negative thoughts, of any kind, you start to position yourself to lose.

There will be lows, but rather than start to doubt your ability, your effort, etc. start to think about learning points or lessons you can apply to the future. I have made a considerable number of mistakes over the last half decade. Each one has taught me a valuable lesson or made me appreciate the complexity of business strategy.

Takeaway- don’t let a mistake turn in to a pitfall. Mistakes are our best teacher. Come to terms that you can not have linear growth/success in business, but rather know that the obstacles you face will turn in to your own mini(er)-Yoda along your journey.

3) “Do or do not. There is no try.”

Did you really think I would write a Yoda article and not have this quote included?

I remember my first ever training week at Parisi Franchise Headquarters and Bill Parisi saying “are you into it or are you IN TO it?” I feel like this quote is the one in the same. Like most things if you’re into it on the surface you’ll probably fall on your face. When you’re in to it you’re invested, you’re motivated, and you no longer try, you just do.

Takeaway: Ask yourself are you into it? Do you just like the surface level qualities your job/position/lifestyle provides? Or are you in to what it takes to be successful?

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3 (little) Things on Productivity *2 minute read*

Have you ever felt like there isn’t enough time in the day? Maybe you work in a super fast paced environment and time zombie’s come and eat up your work time? Are you bringing your work home wayyy too much?

I’ve had all of those scenario’s plague my work day more times than not. Here are 3 things that I have done that have magically given me my work-day back.

1) Not every email needs a reply.

This was a massive concept for me and make no mistake…I am not saying to ignore emails. However, simple emails that close out the conversation do not need an additional “thank you” email…informative emails that you receive that have all the information in them can be left alone, etc. The next time you sit down and pour in to your inbox, ask yourself “do I need to reply to this?” and start to learn what emails can be filed away.

These emails are time zombie’s and can be laid to rest. Swipe, delete, and move on to something that needs a reply.

2) The last thing you do at work today, is make a list of the first thing(s) to do tomorrow.

Ever get home only to have your brain wired for what you have to do the next day?

Yeah, me too.

This tactic has helped me ‘turn off’ at the end of the day and has helped boost my productivity for the next day. Next time you go on a vacation or long weekend, write out a mega-to-do list and prioritize it so the most immediate things get done when you return to work…this may help you actually be able to rest your brain!

3) Schedule times to reply to emails

My second favorite productivity “hack”. On an average day I schedule two 60 minute blocks to return and send emails. In a perfect work it would be 30 minutes of replying and 30 minutes of sending new emails, but ya never know.

What scheduling email time has done for me is 1) minimize interruptions from the email pop up 2) allowed me to prioritize who and what needs a reply first and 3) better block out my day because I am not ‘held captive’ by Microsoft Outlook.

For context- I work largely in sales (training) and receive approximately 15 emails per day. I schedule two 1 hour blocks…typically one in the morning before 8am and the second is somewhere around 4pm. Depending on your job and email flow you may need to scale this a little bit and add a third or maybe a fourth time slot.

Productivity bonus 1: keep your email closed until its your designated check time.

Productivity bonus 2: turn off notification icons on your phone so you don’t get distracted by them.

Give these tactics a try- if you have any questions drop them below in the comments!

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