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Save Time - Be Prepared

On Thursday, I arrived half an hour early for my appointment with my business coach. Like most other business owners I know, I cannot afford to waste thirty minutes in the middle of the week.  Fortunately, this was one time where being organized saved me time and frustration.
I used the time to make three quick phone calls, review my notes for the coaching appointment, and make the final shopping list for my daughter's 4th birthday party.  I was able to get all of this done because I had the necessary information and materials with me.  If I had not been prepared and the time was wasted, it would have caused stress and frustration that would have left me feeling "off" for the rest of the afternoon.
Here are the simple steps I had taken over previous days that enabled me to take advantage of the extra time:
Monday AM – Printed RSVP list and menu for birthday party and placed in planner in case I received verbal RSVP's while I was out during the day
Wednesday PM– Prepared Thursday's call list on calendar, complete with phone numbers and brief notes on the nature of the call.
Thursday AM – Printed agenda and reports for coaching appointment, pulled coaching file and placed it in my laptop bag
These are really simple tasks that only took a few seconds throughout the week.  However, when I had an unexpected window of free time on Thursday, they added up to an extra half hour of productivity. 
How could you be more prepared to utilize unexpected time next week?

posted on: 2/16/2008 8:30:00 AM by Shana Prichard
category: Business

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The Organized Entrepreneur

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About Shana:

Shana M. Prichard, MBA owns realign, llc, a professional organizing firm. realign, llc provides small business organizing services including filing system design/implementation, desk and time management and QuickBooks set up and training. realign, llc also provides home-office organizing services to individuals.

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