People thought that computers and technology would give us more free time, but in reality, we find that these things take up more time because we get hooked onto them. We get distracted and lose more time. So how do we keep distractions to a minimum?
What do we need to prioritize to use our time wisely?
Our first priority should always be our relationship with the Lord. Everything we do should be focused on the Lord. We have a tendency to divide our time—pray in the morning, work in the day, and relax in the evening. We divide our time into “this time is for the Lord” and “this part of the day is my time.” As a Christian, nothing is “my time.” Everything is the Lord’s time. He has not only redeemed us, but also our time. Live with an eternal perspective. Everything is the Lord’s time.
Whatever we do, we do it heartily unto the Lord. Everything we do is an act of worship. We are either worshipping ourselves or we are worshipping the Lord. Look at your work from the perspective of heaven. All the work we do should be done from the perspective that our citizenship is in heaven.
If you are married, then your second priority is your spouse. Your third priority is your children. A lot of couples have it backwards. They prioritize their children above their spouse when it should really be the other way around. After that comes your work.
What are our priorities in our Young Living business?
Most of us are not doing YL full-time. So you have to decide, how much time are you going to spend on your YL business? More hours does not necessarily mean more productivity. Below is a sample schedule of how you might plan your Young Living workweek. This may vary from person to person depending on your other responsibilities, but use this as a guideline for what to spend your time on.
Care Calls (90 minutes per week)
Contact new members that have just signed up. Connect with them as soon as they get their starter kit. We want people to start living the YL lifestyle. We’re not trying to start a cult, but to counteract the toxic lifestyle of today.
Keep in touch with your members on a fairly regular basis.
Leadership and Personal Development (3 hours per week)
Learn new things. Attend classes, listen to training calls, research the products. Read blogs and articles, but don’t spend too much time on it. This is not your main focus. Spend your time on income-producing activities. Social media is not an income-producing activity.
Prospects (5 1/2 hours per week)
This is the most important category. Prospects are people who are not yet members but who you’ve talked to. Try to do one class per week if you’re serious about building your business. Follow-up with prospects and class attendees after the class. This is where most of the failures happen. We fail to follow up with our prospects and the opportunity is lost. To build a successful business, you should spend 80% of your time talking to new people.
Notes from The Essential Way’s leadership meeting on March 12th led by Gabriel Castelino.