Truth AND Consequences?

So this is going to be one of those blog posts where I tell you brutal truths about myself and hope that you don’t judge me too harshly. So get ready.

As you might know, Bill and I are launching a new training series called “Tuesday e-Workshops.” The first one starts next Tuesday and centers on time management. We’ve spent quite a lot of time talking about why time management is important and what it means to a salesperson to have good or bad time-management skills.

I’m going to share with you my own battles regarding time, and see if any of these issues apply to you. Then, you can decide whether you need to do something about it (like I obviously do).

So remember, the following applies only to me with regard to how I deal with time, and the obstacles and consequences that come along for the ride.

1) I lack focus.

With 2.5-year-old twin girls to contend with (and very little babysitting help), I find it almost impossible to get anything done during the day while they are awake. Nap time is always a good time to squeeze a task or two in, and I can always turn an episode of the “Little Einsteins” into some productivity, like I am doing right now.

Typically, though, when nap time comes around— IF nap time comes around—I am so exhausted that I fall into bed and spend some quality time with my TV. This current situation does not bode well for the growth of my practice, let alone give me time to articulate what my practice even IS. BAD.

2) I lack motivation.

Today, the adequate functioning of my household and the wellbeing of my family is not dependent on the income that I bring in. And I know that makes me lucky. My income goes for things like the care and upkeep of my hair and nails, meals out, and adding important dollars to our kids’ college savings—and maybe even a vacation fund.

Now working as a consultant, Kelly sold digital printing for 15 years so she understands the challenges, frustrations and pitfalls of building a successful sales practice. Her mission is to help printers of all sizes sell more stuff. Kelly's areas of focus include client recovery, retention and acquisition, and marketing communications projects.
Kelly graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and, among other notable accomplishments, co-founded the Windy City Rollers, a professional women's roller derby league.

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  • John Caricato

    I appreciate your honesty Kelly and I also have 2 kids( 6 and 3) and my wife has an excellent job. I consider myself very motiviated but my kids come first and I feel very scattered brained at times and must I mention I have a nice case of OCD.
    I LOVE print sales ( don’t meet a lot of people that do) and I do write a decent amount of business but I think I know what to do but i don’t always follow thru and I feel like i lose out on opportunities.
    i worked with Bill F for a a year and I enjoyed it but I am desperate need of
    Time Management!!!

    John Caricato

  • aspireforbill

    I think you are being a little harsh, Ms. Mallozzi. Twin 2 1/2 year old girls? Stop right there. Any day that involves successful personal hygiene is a good day! All friends of twins tell me it’s like living in a cave for a few years. You are lucky to be able to stick your head out every now and then to check the weather!

    Kelly, my baby turned 17 today. I am SO grateful that I focused on her and her sisters and suggest that you find contentment in the smiles and giggles of those beautiful (needy! active! crazy!) daughters.

    Hey, maybe you’ll talke something away from the Tuesday eWorkshop on time management!

  • Mary Beth Smith

    Aw, honey…cut yourself a little slack!! You’re restless…sure! You live in toddler purgatory – but take heart – it’s temporary!! Don’t know if you’ve started putting the bambinas in any kind of regular pre-school program yet, but a couple of days a week would be great for them, AND for you.

    You’re doing a few things to keep your brain cells from turning to jelly, and believe it or not, these days with the girls will disappear forever. You’ll find your motivation increases when the time is right, and that’s when the right opportunities will present themselves. The very fact that you’re NOT motivated should not be ignored – pay intention to your inner ‘knower’ – have a little patience with yourself, and just don’t LOOK at those nails – LOL – they’ll be just fine…

    Besides…if you go back to work, who am I going to play WWF with? Riddle me THAT, batgirl!

    :) mb