Deck the Halls with House Flips

house flipping schoolWith the holiday season now upon us I would first like to say thank you for checking out the House Flipping School blog.  This blog began back in May of this year and since then I have met some incredible people and formed some wonderful relationships that I never saw coming.  It’s been a great experience!

So needless to say I am really looking forward to 2013.  My team and I have some big ideas that we’ll be releasing to you here on the blog throughout the new year-so be sure to stay tuned.  Until then I’ll be looking forward to meeting, and helping, aspiring house flippers like you get started on the road to house flipping success.

A Holiday House Flipping Checklist

For me, this time of the year is first and foremost about my family.  My house flipping business will continue to truck along, but it will take a back seat to Christmas parties and just spending some Q-time with my wife and daughters.  Ladies if you are reading this, be sure to hold me to this! LOL

However this time of the year is also about reflection and setting house flipping goals for the new year.

I will be the first to admit that maintaining balance, and focusing on high impact tasks can be a constant battle.  That’s why in this post I am going to share with you a detailed strategy for how you can accomplish your most important and most critical goals for 2013.

The following strategy will greatly enhance your odds of achieving exactly what you most want to achieve during 2013 - whether your goals are related to flipping real estate or not. This strategy will help you eliminate the tasks that are preventing you from tackling the high impact tasks that will really propel you forward in your house flipping business, as well as in other aspects of your life.

Now I must admit that I did not develop the following strategy myself.  The strategy was developed by Peter Bregman, author of the best-selling book 18 Minutes:  Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done.

I will also admit that I haven’t even read Bregman’s book yet!  Luckily my marketing partner Ryan (who filmed a bunch of my You Tube videos) has read the book.  Ryan told me how beneficial Bregman’s strategy has been for him, so I figured I would share it with you – and maybe even give it a try myself during 2013.

So if you are looking to be uber-effective and ultra-efficient in 2013, consider implementing the following strategy into your daily routine.

This Year, Achieve Your Most Important House Flipping Goals

According to Bregman, one of the first steps to having a high impact, uber-effective 2013 is figuring out what your 5 most important areas of your life are.  For example, my 5 areas could be:

1)       Family

2)      House Flipping

3)      Real Estate Coaching/House Flipping School

4)      Personal Development

5)      Community Involvement

The next step is to set a 1 year goal for each of the 5 areas.  So for example, my 1 year goals could be:

1)       Family – remain present with my family and provide the love and support they need

2)      House Flipping – flip 15 or more houses during 2013

3)      Real Estate Coaching/House Flipping School – make each of my 1 on 1 coaching students successful and build HFS into a premier online house flipping resource

4)      Personal Development – make 2013 the healthiest year of my life, physically and mentally

5)      Community Involvement – make a positive, lasting impact in the communities in which I do business

After you have your 1 year goals established for each of your 5 most important life areas, it is time to develop specific daily actions that will bring you closer to your goals.  18 Minutes recommends you use a visual to-do list for each day.  Ryan recommends creating a new to-do list each night before going to bed.

So an example of a to-do list for one day of my life during 2013 could look like the following:

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"The Other 5%" category contains miscellaneous tasks that just have to get done.  These tasks should not require any more than 5% of daily time.

The above to-do list is extremely effective, because it breaks down tasks by category.  Each category represents a year long goal.  Therefore this type of to-do list will help me stay on track, because it only contains tasks that correspond to my 5 most important yearly goals.

This helps me avoid tasks that will not bring me closer to achieving my most important goals.

Don't Be Busy During 2013 - Be EFFECTIVE

Being busy does not translate into being effective.  This is true when buying and flipping houses, as well as in other aspects of life.

Sometimes I feel as if my day was effective because I was busy, when in reality my day was filled with in-effective tasks.  In other words, I filled my day with tasks that did not fit into the categories displayed in the above to-do list.

Therefore I was busy but not effective.

To help yourself stay on track this year, be sure to stop and ask yourself if the task at hand fits with your goals for 2013.  If the task will bring you closer to achieving one of your yearly goals, then proceed full throttle with the task.  If it does not fit with your goals for the year, don't do the task or find someone else to do it for you.

Identifying what tasks not to do is in my opinion just as important as identifying what tasks to do.

We  have 365 fresh new days ahead of us.  I encourage you to make the most of your 2013 by working to achieve your most important life goals.

Stay on track by focusing only on the tasks that will directly bring you closer to your 5 most important goals.

If you can do that you will help guarantee that 2013 will be a banner year.

See you at the top!


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Mike LaCava

I'm a full time real estate investor, proud Dad and husband. My team and I are working to restore communities - one house at a time. House Flipping School is my way of sharing this vision with other investors who want to do good for their community, and make money flipping houses.