Time Management, Week by Week
Here's the thing: You lay out a plan to manage your time one week and everything works perfectly. Priorities are established and achieved. Activity goals are set up and met. You get a lot done without working 80 hours. Friday night comes and while reviewing the week over a beer, a sense of great satisfaction flows over you.
But then, the calendar turns.
The following week, applying the same rules, your time management is a disaster. Nothing gets done according to plan. And yes, you did have a plan. But that Friday night beer doesn't taste nearly as good as it did the week before.
Because time management is a living, breathing entity. It cannot be pinned down and you cannot have one, static set of rules.
Every week is different.
Every week has a different theme.
That is true for both your business and for you personally.
You need to think a week ahead and consider the variables, knowns and unknowns, and then establish a plan without regard to the past.
It's rather like investing in a mutual fund based on its recent history. There is no guarantee that things will stay that way. You have to take things into consideration anew.
The most important part of time management is preparation. Thinking ahead and creating an outline for next week before you leave this week and tomorrow before you leave today is your best chance of drinking a satisfying beer week after week.
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Bill Farquharson is a sales trainer for the graphic arts. Email him at Bill@AspireFor.com or call (781) 934-7036. Bill’s two books, The 25 Best Print Sales Tips Ever and Who’s Making Money at Digital/Inkjet Printing…and How? as well as information on his new subscription-based website, The Sales Vault are available at BillFarquharson.com.