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January 4, 2008

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featuring this week:
  • Horseman's Business Seminar, January 12, 2008 Batavia, NY POSTPONED
  • Here's A Quick Way to Get Your To-Do List Under Control
  • Speaking about the Horse Business...
  • Others have said
  • Back at the Barn
  • Horses are Horses-Business is Business-You Ask-I'll Answer!

  • Here's A Quick Way to Get Your To-Do List Under Control
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    I've been busy this week with a rush of business items landing on my desk via phone and e-mail. Added to that are all kinds of year-end forms, reports and unfinished business resulting from the "we'll take care of it after the Holidays" rationalization.

    Earlier this week, if my desk top was an airport runway, air traffic control would have shut it down for safety reasons. Piles of papers and mail, post-it notes and a full e-mail box were like planes trapped in Chicago at O'Hare in a blizzard. Nothing was moving, frustration was high and some heavy duty equipment was necessary for clearing the wrath of the blizzard.

    I needed to sweep the paper and electronic blizzards on my desk top and computer screen, so I reached for one of the best pieces of equipment a business person can own.

    A special book.

    Now, taking time to read a book in an office work firefight sounds silly at first, but David Allen's "Getting Things Done" is a must read for the those who want to be more productive without creating more stress to go along with it.

    I re read the chapter on processing the inflow of work.

    Allen makes a case for his "two minute rule" to get things out of the way and off your list of things to do. His two minute rule is simple.

    If the next action on your list can be done in two minutes or less, do it when you first pick the item up. As an example, if you need to call someone and leave a message about a horse, client or meetings, make the call. Browse the catalogs for items of interest and toss them or file them. If it is a yes or no e-mail question, hit reply, type a sentence and be done with it.

    It takes more time to track and carry a two minute task than to just get it done. But if you're like me, you often labor carrying buckets and buckets of "little tasks" forward each working day.

    Your day is filled with dedicated time slots for lessons, training and client work. The opportunity to respond to phone messages, e-mails and read snail mail is restricted to the few and short blocks of time between committed hours and half hours. When you apply the two minute rule as you sort through these tasks (the blizzard) you'll find that you'll begin to feel better about your productivity as you lighten the list of nagging items.

    There is great satisfaction in crossing through or checking off even the smallest of items on the long list screaming for your attention. When you're done reading this newsletter, why not take care of a few two minute items?

    Speaking about the Horse Business...

    Need a speaker about the horse business for your horse organization?

    Talk to me about talking. Keynotes and workshops available. (716) 434-5371

    Others have said

    "There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." -- Peter Drucker

    "Do not be awe struck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can." -- Norman Vincent Peale

    "Just get it done and then you're done." - Betsey Emerson

    Back at the Barn
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    I took some time off during the Christmas-New Year's "break" to relax and goof off a little bit.

    I found some time to ride and think. Sadly, one of the things I thought about was how little I was riding lately.

    I intend to change that bad habit in 2008.

    I also spent some time in a comfortable chair reading "Good Dog. Stay." by Anna Quindlen. It's a quick read. If you're a dog lover, too, Quindlen has a lot to say about the relationships we have with the dogs in our lives.

    When you've had enough of business reading, treat yourself to this short book.

    Horses are Horses-Business is Business-You Ask-I'll Answer!
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    What's your question about the business half of the horse business?

    • Marketing ?
    • Financing?
    • Hiring and Firing?
    • Customer Relations?
    • Sales?
    • Balancing Work, Rest and Play?

    E-mail me your question. I'll answer it here in a future newsletter as time and space allow.

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    Horseman's Business Seminar, January 12, 2008 Batavia, NY POSTPONED
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    Seminar Postponed for January 12, 2008 in Batavia, NY

    Due to a surprising number of responses from horsemen who wanted to attend this seminar but couldn't because of winter travel weather concerns over great distances and short notice, it is being postponed until March 2008. Watch this space for a new date.

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