F.O.M.O. Leaves Money on the table

F.O.M.O. Leaves Money on the table

Here are a few ways to you stop it:

  1. No Mobile Monday: I’ve heard this idea a few times, but most recently from a friend of mine, Robyn. She suggested having a “No Mobile Monday”. Her name was way more catchy, but you get the gist. Stop allowing yourself to be distracted by bright screens. I know it is alluring, but it halts creativity and prevents you from getting projects done. I do this thing sometime where I am in the middle of designing a product for a client. I’m an hour in and boom. The light on my Samsung starts blinking and takes me away from my fun. I love my work, but if not careful I’ll spend the next 30 minutes answering GroupMe messages and reading a Bernie Sanders article on FB.
  2. “Just Say No” Criteria: There are a lot of committees, projects, business ventures that are fun, interesting, include friends who asked you to join. There may be activities that are purposeful to you, but purposeful doesn’t mean plausible [for you to partake in]. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:
    1. “Will I enjoy this after the initial sexy wears off?”
    2. “How much time will this actually take me away from other commitments I should have ‘just said no’ to as well?”
    3. “Is this the best use of my time, talent and resources?”
    4. “Am I willing to possibly do a half ass job at something I care about in order to say yes to this?”
    5. What would you say “no” to now that you’ve read those questions?
  1. Dolla Dolla Bills, Y’all: I did a tally of how much I spend on business lunches, dinners and coffee last October. I spent over $500 in one month. I spent over $500 on food and coffee in one month! But why? Urg. It is as simple as, “Can we talk on Skype?” or “Come by the house so we can catch up!” To minimize costs. It isn’t easy because everyone hangs at coffee shops nowadays, but it is pricey. I love our local coffee shops too. Shout out to Warsaw and The Alchemist in Fort Lauderdale, FL! You also have to think what could I have done with $500 bucks. Not every meeting is necessary. Every meeting does not have to have a reason, but consider if it is the best use of your time or dimes. Haha! I didn’t mean for that to rhyme, but here we are.
  1. Busy is the Root Word for Business: Being really busy doesn’t mean you’re doing anything. In fact, when you think you’re missing out on something therefore get involved with 101 projects, I have found with clients they are really trying to avoid the thing they really should be doing. It’s like when we were kids and would do everything to avoid bedtime, but actually sleep. What are you avoiding and instead fill up your calendar?
  1. Avoid Boredom: This. Is. Me. I hate being bored. If I’m sitting too long, I get anxious. I have had to learn to chill out. I’m still learning this one so don’t have any tips, but if you do, pass it along.

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