Do you fail to plan? Have you ever been in a situation where you weren’t fully prepared? Not a good feeling, is it? Each year, you schedule appointments to see the doctor, take the kids for their yearly checkups and so on. You have to plan your day in the same manner you plan the rest of your life. Here are a few examples to demonstrate an unprepared individual.
Example 1: You have to drop off materials to a client, instead of scheduling a day and time you call them and say you’re on your way with the material. You’re probably thinking ‘what’s wrong with that’ and get mad when your client can’t meet you. Perhaps your client has other plans or appointments.
Solution: Perhaps you can ‘ask’ if it would be okay to drop the material off in a few minutes as you are in the area. If not, schedule a convenient time for the both of you to meet.
Example 2: The editor of your favorite magazine calls and asks if you can write an article for the next edition. You have 3 weeks to write the article….on the due day the editor calls and asks for your article. Oh boy, you KNEW you were forgetting something.
Solution: Before you agree to write the article, be sure you are able to schedule time to write it. Don’t be afraid to politely decline.
Example 3: You arrive to an appointment unprepared. You forgot your notes, can’t remember the contact person and looks like you forgot to get intimate with the iron before you left home.
Solution: The evening before, make a checklist of the items you need and be sure to have them when you walk out the door. Prepare your attire as well…in case you need to iron or better yet, you put on a few pounds and have to change.
Until next time…
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