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STEP ONE HUNDRED FIFTEEN
Make Good Use of Your “In Between” Time
In the course of your day or week, you may spend a fair amount of time in traffic, in reception areas, or on line. Instead of simply cooling your heels or impatiently waiting for your turn, use these random moments for pleasure or productivity.
WHAT IT MEANS: Time is indeed our most precious resource—no matter what we do (or don’t), we get only one day to use every day. The secret to getting more things done isn’t necessarily to race through the day at breakneck speed, but to use our time more consciously and judiciously. There are those who might listen to audio-books on their daily commute, or tap out a quick memo on their PDAs. Others might prefer to relax to music, or to review the main points that they intend to make during their imminent meeting. One need not strive for 24/7 productivity. Nevertheless, those “dead spaces” during our days can be used more meaningfully than you might think.
A friend of mine recently told me how he just happened to pick up the local business journal while he was waiting to meet with a client. Thumbing through the pages, he noted a few ads by companies that might be good prospects for his services. He jotted down the contact info, shot out his e-marketing brochure when he got back to his office, and had a quick call-back and scheduled meeting with a potential new client by the end of the day. Now that’s making great use of your in-between time!
ACTION PLAN: Be prepared. Carry some reading material, a voice notes recorder, or even some of your favorite music with you wherever you go. Consider listening to a training tape or business book during part of your commute or during your lunch break.
EVEN BETTER: Take a few moments to take stock of your personal goals. Have you done anything to advance them today . . . or this week? If the answer is no, what might you do to change that?
(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)