BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

On March 29, 2011, in Business, by admin

TIME MANAGEMENT

— By Marge Cahill

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Have you ever said, “ I wish I had more hours in a day to get everything done?” You are not alone.  Most mothers/business women often find themselves making New Years resolutions to be more organized in order to be more efficient with their time – or if you live in the Midwest, you’re secretly wishing for that “extra” hour every day that you get in the fall when the clocks get pushed back.

In my career, I find that time management is instrumental for success.  I find when meeting a client, if they a notoriously late when we set our appointments, I tell them the appointment is 15 minutes earlier than I want to meet them, and usually (J) they are “on time” when we both arrive 15 minutes later than was originally set.  Time is money and sitting waiting for someone leads to anxiety over pushing your already crazy schedule back or keeping you from accomplishing the items on your “To Do” list.

I also have made it a habit to wait no more than 15 minutes in a doctor’s office before inquiring on the status of my appointment.  Kindly inquiring on the doctor’s status gives your time merit as well.  My doctor’s office has a sign posted, “If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you will not be seen.”  It’s too bad we can’t bill them when they are 15 minutes or more late for us.

In addition, I am a list maker.  From an early age I found that I accomplished more and had less stress if I made a list of things I needed to achieve or conquer.  This practice of writing my tasks down also kept me on target with my job ensuring that I realized what I set out to do.

When you are working on many projects or have a heavy workload, tackle the task that needs immediate attention for that deadline or appointment.  This process keeps your anxiety over “everything I need to do” state to a minimum and you can devote your undivided attention to the appointment on hand.

Often I try to make my standard dental, hairdresser, and nail appointments on a 4-5 week schedule – but as my dear friend can attest to – unless I “write” it down in my planner I’ll forget.  The best solution for me is to make my appointments when they are needed.  Having the professionals (and friends) I utilize has allowed me to have a 95%+ success in obtaining an appointment within the timeframe I need without having to call and reschedule.

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