## 96 Minutes a Day That Will Change Your Life

Written by Kathy Paauw

In my previous article, The Art of Possibility, http://www.orgcoach.net/newsletter/june2005.html I suggested that you project yourself into future by writing yourself a letter dated for a year from now. And I promised you some tips to help you set your insights into motion. This month I encourage you to take some time to create a list of daily or weekly rituals that will support you in attaining milestones you want to accomplish over next twelve months. Sometimes it's little things that make a big difference in long run. (Read my article: The Ripple Effect: Small Steps Lead to Big Results at http://www.orgcoach.net/newsletter/march2005.html .) What actions do you choose to take that will lead to better health, success, and greater meaning and fulfillment in your life? Write down some specific intentions so you can review them frequently. For example: * Take dog for a brisk morning walk for 30 minutes right after getting out of bed. During walk, visualize how I want my day to be.

* When I enter my office, take 10 minutes to review my tickler file and clarify three most important areas of focus for day. Then spend next 96 minutes* (8:30-10:06 AM) focusing on those three areas. Do this before checking email. Do not answer phone during this focus time. * Leave office by 6 PM. Do not bring work home. * Have dinner as a family at least three weeknights each week. * Be in bed by 10 PM so I get 8 hours of sleep each night.

* Do my weekly planning on Fridays for coming week. Schedule all of things mentioned above into my calendar so I have a plan for making them happen.

*Why odd number of 96 minutes above? Because of Pareto Principle - 80/20 rule (see below). Twenty percent of an eight-hour workday is 96 minutes! This is really powerful stuff, so I hope you'll keep reading...

In 1906, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto created a mathematical formula to describe unequal distribution of wealth in his country, observing that 80 percent of land in Italy was owned by 20 percent of population. After Pareto made his observation and created his formula, many others observed similar phenomena in their own areas of expertise.

In 1940s, Quality Management pioneer, Dr. Joseph Juran, recognized a universal principle which he called "vital few and trivial many." A lack of precision on Juran's part made it appear that he was applying Pareto's observations about economics to his own observations. As a result, Juran's observation of "vital few and trivial many" became known as Pareto's Principle - commonly known today as 80/20 rule.

## New Rules

Written by Helaine Iris

Last week I was working with one of my small business clients, a bright and dynamic woman who’s passionate about positioning her artisan business for growth. We were talking about her financial picture and forecasting robust sales over next three years.

As I coached her, she expressed excitement and eagerness to see her dreams turn into reality, yet somewhere, just below surface, I sensed subtle resistance on her part to fully imagine scenario we were painting.

I asked her about what she was feeling. After stopping for a moment to “feel into” my observation, she tentatively at first, then heartily agreed. Then she got very curious about her seemingly incongruous resistance to success.

“Sarah”, I asked, “What is your ‘rule’, about financial success? In other words, what belief do you carry (deep down) about money?” It didn’t take long for her to respond. “Well,” she reported, “if you’re financially successful, it means you have to give up on your values and your integrity”.

Wow! By uncovering that one rule, Sarah hit pay dirt. She was now free to clearly see that one disempowering rule she had been carrying her entire life.

Taking a look at rules that drive your thinking is a very powerful activity to help you grow as a person, especially as a business owner. Another wise client of mine once said, “There’s no way to separate who we are from what we do”. You can have most empowered business plans in world and if your inner life and dialog is disempowered…forget it. It’s an up hill battle.

What are your ‘under-the-surface rules’ that run your life and business? To explore, ask yourself: Where are you consistently stuck in your business? What are things that always hang you up? What are recurring thoughts or themes you could write book about?

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