Time Management could be said to be a misnomer because we
really cannot manage time, can
we? Since we cannot manage what we
cannot control it’s important to determine how to use the time that we have in
the most efficient and effective way.
For this reason it might be even more appropriate to speak of
Self-Management since that is what we can control.
schedule: Mary Kay Ash taught the
value of the 6 Most Important things to
Do list and the importance of making your list before you go to bed every night.
I found that over the years when I stuck to this principle I was focused the
next day and more organized as I knew exactly what I needed to do and the order
of priority. Some persons promote just
focusing on three things as you’re more likely to complete 3 than 6 and when
you do you really experience a sense of accomplishment.
fixed timetable: There are “Things
to Do” or “Designing Your Day” pads that are divided into one hour time-frames
from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. which many persons find to be very useful as it
keeps them really organized. On the
other hand, some persons may find this too restrictive, but you might surprise
yourself how much you could get done if you tried to stick to the allotted
time. This is one very important aspect
of time management or more appropriately self-management. And, oh yes; there are people who start their
day at 5:00 a.m.
down: Will writing everything down
make you appear to have a bad memory?
Will it make you lose some of your ‘super-….’ status? Would you prefer
to miss an appointment, forget some important details, or forget an order from
one of your customers? We are inundated
with so much information everyday and wear so many hats that it just makes
sense not to rely solely on memory, but to write things down. Carry a notepad, your planner, or an electronic
pocket organizer; whichever works best for you.
Also, if Article Marketing and a Blog are parts of your online Marketing
Strategy, your notepad will be a valuable asset because you can make quick
notes as you think of new ideas or hear a news item or perhaps just a
conversation that you can later use.
Business Cards Received: You meet
people in everyday activities as well as networking events and get their
business card. It is so easy to misplace
the cards. Have a specific location in
your office that you will store cards keeping in mind that you should work at
following-up within 24-48 hours on contacts you made. If you promise to send the person some
information, whether online or offline, make a note of it and do so promptly as
this helps to develop the know, like and trust factor.
Memory Joggers: It’s a good idea to
make a note on the back of the card where you met the person, brief description
of what they were wearing or anything that may jog your memory in the
future. If the person had a child or pet
with them, write down those bits of information. People want to know you care about them and
not just interested in furthering your cause, therefore, if in your next
conversation you are able to ask about their child by name or make a comment or
share some useful information on their pet, they will be more likely to be
receptive to you.