I’m a big fan of checklists and “to do” lists. I really learned about these concepts during my time in the Army and I decided to incorporate them into my MLM Business as well. In the Army, there are checklists for everything.
There are pre-flight checklists that all pilots must go through before they can take off. There are checklists for inspections that you must follow. There are checklists for doing certain jobs. All of these checklists make people focus and do the right tasks in the right order, so they aren’t distracted. As I see it, checklists help reduce human error.
Let’s face it, we are all pressed for time. Most people in our industry have a day job, a family, and outside of the home responsibilities. By the time they get home, eat dinner, spend some time with their family and watch their favorite television show there isn’t much time left to build the business.
There is only so much time in a day, and I’ve found that if you don’t have written priorities SCHEDULED in your day planner, or written down on a “to do” list, there is a good chance it just won’t get done. Life just gets in the way.
I suggest to everyone on my team, and to all other network marketers as well, to have a daily checklist or “to do” list covering the few critical tasks they must do that day to build their network marketing business.
Whether you put these tasks on your online calendar, smart phone, or even on a piece of paper like I do is irrelevant. The bottom line is that you need to find something that works for you and do it.
Here is what my daily check list looks like each day. By no means should you copy what I do. Just use it as a baseline document and come up with something for yourself that is doable and realistic with your goals.
1. Read – I think it’s important to feed your brain every day, just like you do your body. Read non-fiction, business and self help books that improve your skills and teach you new things. Check out my reading list for some must read books. I suggest you read when you first wake up in the morning or right before you go to sleep at night. If you’re busy you can read while you are on lunch break or even listen to audio books on your commute to work. Estimated time to do is 60 minutes.
2. Post a blog post – I build my business online (primarily), so I post one blog post every day, Monday through Saturday. It’s pretty simple and I can write a blog post like this one in about 30 minutes. Estimated time to do is thirty minutes.
3. Post a podcast – I have my own iTunes channel. I do one podcast everyday, Monday through Friday. Each podcast is five to ten minutes long. Estimated time to do is fifteen minutes.
4. Call one team member – I call one team member every day as a courtesy call. This might be someone personally sponsored or it might be someone else in my group. I call to connect with them, offer my help, and see how things are going for them. Estimated time to do is ten minutes.
5. Update Facebook – I normally spend 10-20 minutes per day updating Facebook. I post a few posts in my Mastermind Group, some on our team page, and in a few other groups. I try to add value and share information that will benefit other people. Estimated time to do is twenty minutes.
6. Call new leads – I follow up with my new leads every day, either by phone, email or Facebook. I answer their questions, point them to information that will help them, and ask them to buy. All of these people contacted me first, so I am just following up with them. Estimated time to do is fifteen minutes.
7. Mail two hand-written notes – I sent out two hand-written notes or thank you notes every day, seven days a week. These are short notes to team members, prospects, family members, and customers. This is probably the most important thing I do in my business (or one of them). Estimated time to do is five minutes.
I can do all of this in approximately two hours per day. It looks like a lot, but if you are focused it isn’t all that hard to do.
I HIGHLY suggest you come up with a daily “to do” list for your network marketing business. Put three to seven tasks on the list to focus on each day. Remember that the only money producing activities in your network marketing business are prospecting, showing the plan, following up, getting customers and training your team. Make sure those are the activities you place on your daily “to do” list.
This business is not rocket science. Success boils down to doing a few simple things every day, over and over until you reach your goal. Most people fail because they do not focus and they are not consistent!
Take 15 minutes right now and come up with a daily “to do” list for your network marketing business. Post it by your computer, put a copy in your day planner and one on the fridge. Make sure that you do everything on the list at least five days a week, and preferably six days a week.
Do that for a few years and you will have a big business. Don’t do it and you will keep struggling.
What are your thoughts? What do you think about having a checklist or daily “to do” list for your MLM Business? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.