To borrow a phrase, “it’s the little things in life that matter”.  This is so true when talking about improving our lives. How often is it that when we accomplish the little things in our lives they quickly add up to huge results? It’s true in life and business. Right? So if this is true, what can we do about getting those little things done so that we can have “big” lives? Let us look at a few things that might help.

Allow Enough Time

Often, we do not allow ourselves enough time to do the little things as we are marching through our tasks and responsibilities. This is because we are over committed to too many projects and have not allotted the proper amount of time to complete them well. Learn to say ‘no’ more often to free up time that can be used for the little things. Build cushions of time to allow for the unexpected. How many times have you been rushed to get something done due to time constraints only to make one small error that requires substantial re-work or starting all over?

Live In The Now

I run into people all the time who are talking about how it will be next year or how it was in years past. Although, occasionally we need to look at those things forwards and backwards, the majority of our focus needs to be on what we are doing today and right now at this moment. That single-minded focus can create masterful work with details delivered that add up to a super product. So, check yourself daily to see that you are in fact “living in the now”.

Look Out For Others

Always seeking out what others need and want in their lives will drive us to do the little things for others that build lifetime relationships. The old adage “talk is cheap but action speaks” really is true. People will remember what we did for them and the thoughtful words of encouragement at the right time backed up by our own actions.  We were all put here on the earth to serve others. That is the reason any business exists. Therefore, we must be focused on others in order to do the little things that matter to them.

If you manage your time, live in the present and look out for others you will naturally accomplish the little things in life that will result in a great life for you and others. So go ahead, find something “little” to do.

Please share some ways that the ‘little things’ have come up for you. Or some habits you’re developed to get the ‘little things’ done. Thanks

Jeri Quinn

Jeri Quinn from Driving Improved Results is an executive coach, management consultant, speaker and author who focuses on communication in her work with executives and companies. She is the author of The Customer Loyalty Playbook, 12 Game Strategies to Drive Improved Results in Your Business. With more than 40 years as a serial entrepreneur.

Quinn has worked with executives and teams in over 40 industries, spoken at major business expos including New York City’s Javits Center, facilitated business development and extraordinary customer service at institutions such as MoMA and AIG, and has partnered with New York City, The Kauffman Foundation, Citibank, Merrill Lynch, HSBC, and Signature Bank to educate their clients.


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