How my ‘honey-do’ list can grow your notary business
I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but last weekend I got roped in to helping to paint the interior of our house. My wife is an awesome decorator. I mean she is really talented. Our house looks really good.
However, apparently the statute of limitations on how long a room can remain painted the same color ran out last week.
We’ve discussed making some changes to our décor a lot over the last few years, but this weekend it became time to stop “talking the talk” and begin “walking the walk”.
So, I willingly began offering the support a good, handy husband should:
I got all the required tools, accessories, paint, rollers, trays, etc. brought into the area to be painted.
I took down everything hanging on the walls (including the TV that was a bear to hang in the first place).
I moved all the furniture to the center of the room. I patched all the nail holes and dings and scratches in the walls.
I even tore out all of our baseboard because the next project is laying new flooring and we’ll install new baseboard with that project.
While I was doing all of this, my beautiful, talented wife began elegantly applying primer to the walls. She’s really good at it. She enjoys it.
I, on the other hand, am not good at it. I am a grown man that still can’t color within the lines. I am very creative. But I cannot draw, color, or paint as good as my 7 year old daughter, let alone my wife.
So, day 2 rolls around and I’ve finished sanding all my patch work on the walls along with all the other “manly” supportive things listed above. Not wanting to appear lazy (or able to watch football because the TV is out of commission during the project) I ask my wife what else I can do.
She says “start rolling primer in the stairwell”. She set me up with my drop cloth, roller, paint bucket, and tray and gave me a quick tutorial on the proper technique and went on her merry way.
The next 20 minutes seemed like a decade. I started rolling. Paint splattered everywhere. I tried my hardest to roll as close to the ceiling as possible without touching it so trimming the edges would be easier. And I absolutely hated every minute of it.
All I could think about was how much I hated painting. I’m not good at it. I don’t enjoy doing it. In fact, I was miserable doing it.
My motives were pure – I wanted to help my wife.
I was looking forward to the benefits painting would give me (specifically a new fresh look in the house and more importantly, a happy wife).
I wouldn’t consider the work I was doing “hard work”.
But I was completely miserable doing it.
So, I called my wife over and suggested “what if I go mow the lawn (which I typically avoid doing as much as I can), trim around the house, and edge the sidewalks instead of paint?”
She was happy that I volunteered to do all that yard work and I went on my merry way.
It was probably the best time I’ve ever had in my life doing yard work. Mostly because the entire time, I was thinking about how glad I was to not be painting.
I’m sure you’re thinking, “nice story Steve, but what in the world does any of this have to do with making my notary business better?”.
Well, here it is…
It doesn’t matter how pure your motives are, how much you want the benefits, or how easy it is to do the work, if you don’t enjoy it, it is going to eat away at you.
For some, this means you truly need to evaluate your career (whether you are a full-time notary or have other employment):
Does a pit in your stomach start growing every Sunday afternoon as you dread heading into work on Monday?
Do you find yourself griping and complaining about everything that’s wrong with your job/industry?
Do you enjoy more things about your work than you hate?
After a full day of work, are you generally happy and satisfied with your efforts?
Does your work line up with how you view your purpose in life?
If you are miserable in your work, it’s time for a change. That’s ok. This industry isn’t for everyone. We each have our own strengths and abilities. Life is too short to waste it doing something day in and day out that doesn’t add value your life.
If this describes you, let this be a wake-up call. Start exploring other options. I would encourage you to read 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller.
For others, it means you need to evaluate the tasks you spend most of your time doing:
Are you spending most of your “work time” doing the things you are uniquely qualified to do?
Are the tasks you spend most of your time on actually generating income?
Do you enjoy doing the tasks that occupy the bulk of your time?
Your notary business will be more successful than you ever imagined if you can maximize the amount of time you spend doing tasks that generate income and you enjoy doing.
How can you get the other tasks done without them taking you away from your “more important tasks”?
Take some time to list out all the tasks you perform as a notary signing agent. Then number them (1 – ?) with “1” being the task you spend the most time doing.
Now letter the tasks (A-?) with “A” being the task that generates the most income. Think hard about this. You may think doing a closing generates the most income, but it may actually be sales, marketing, or signing up with a signing company because doing these tasks can create residual income.
Finally, place a star next to all the tasks you enjoy doing.
Now analyze your data. Which tasks do you enjoy doing that rank high in the “generates income” ranking?
Focus on how you can send more time doing these tasks.
What things are you spending more time on that you don’t enjoy or aren’t profitable?
Brainstorm how you can eliminate, delegate, or automate these tasks.
Don’t waste your life doing things that drain the life out of you.
Don’t waste your time and potential doing the things your notary business requires but you don’t enjoy or aren’t profitable.
Making these adjustments will put you on track for 2016 to be the most profitable and fulfilling year ever in your notary business.