Appointments – Lessons Learned Early in My Career

Often times we look back at our careers and we start seeing things we could have done better, habits that we could have developed that would have given us a better output and winning outcomes. One of the things I have learned over the years is that time management on its own is a myth. What works is life management and when that is in place you will develop principles that will determine what you do; when you do it: and how well you will do it. One of these principles I now embrace as a result of this insight is that making appointments and demanding that others do the same when dealing with you will make you more productive. I did not arrive at this place in one day. It was a gradual journey.One of the disadvantages I had early in my career was having an office in the Harare Central Business District in Zimbabwe where I come from. While it was a convenient location for business, it was also tempting and convenient for anyone who wanted to drop in and say “hi” during business hours. I soon realized that I was also guilty of dropping in on friends for social visits at their workplace too because, at the time, I didn’t feel there was anything wrong with it. This practice was disruptive to work as there are only eight hours to work in a day. Equally, I used to receive personal phone calls and also make personal calls on the work landline speaking endlessly to friends about anything and everything. This was before the wide usage of cellphones came into being. The alternative was the now antiquated phone booth. Blame it on youth, ignorance, whatever, it was just unacceptable to entertain social in-person calls or phone calls at work. Something had to give as I was falling behind on important deadlines and work tasks. It was at that point that I decided to keep socializing outside working hours.Lessons learned from this experience:1. Developing life principles will determine your time management principles. It helps you with what you should prioritize at any given time.
2. There must be a clear separation between home and work. Keep your social life separate from your work life especially during your work shift.
3. Even now with cellphones in widespread use, discipline yourself to make private calls during scheduled breaks only.
4. Treat others the way you expect to be treated. If you find it inconvenient to have friends visiting you at work, chances are they also find it distracting when you do it but they may not have the guts to tell you.The other challenging experience finding myself in many meetings at work and I was lagging behind on my high-payoff activities which my actual performance was measured on. You may agree with me that sometimes the meetings at work do not end. One must decide which meetings to prioritize. The performance review at the end of the year does not focus on all these things but the “key deliverables”. I am sure many of us identify with this. I attended a personal development seminar where we were taught that we should spend at least 80% of our working time focussing on high pay-off activities, that is, those activities that bring the results that we are aiming for in the place of employment. The other 20% would account for menial, less important but necessary activities. disciplined timeLessons learned from this experience:1. There are meetings at work that add value to what you do and there are others that would be nice to attend but don’t contribute much to your output. Discern which ones are absolutely necessary to attend.
2. Always keep a diary. This helps you prioritize. You cannot rely on your memory and it is true that what gets written down gets done.
3. Do an audit of how much time you are spending in meetings and ask yourself how many of these are contributing directly to your “key deliverables”.
4. I learned to say “no” to meetings I had not agreed to in advance. This helped free up a lot of time.
5. How we handle and plan for meetings affects productivity whether one realizes it or not.What does this have to do with the importance of making appointments and keeping them? I would say everything. Making and keeping appointments is an important factor in any business, career, or even personal things we need to do. We spend more time in meetings than we realize. It is even more important in times like these when we work from home and we have to self-supervise and self-manage. These skills do not come naturally but can be learned. I hope I have helped in some way to put you on a path that will make you more organized and effective.

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Benefits of Hiring a Pest control company

Among the significant problems that many homeowners are facing is pest infestation. You must comprehend that pest infestation takes place without any warning. Because of this, you will realize later on that they will eventually bring about more harm to your property if the ideal solution is not found immediately. However, it would be best if you kept in mind that pest control services have turned out to be the best services that a lot of people depend on when they want to eliminate the best from their houses. If these irritating insects I had trouble in your life, you must ensure that you seek the services of a professional pest control company.

If you are looking to have a secure and comfortable environment, you must be aware of the factors that will guide you to make informed decisions and choose the company that you will benefit from their services. Do not attempt performing these services without any assistance; instead, consider hiring a professional that has the relevant tools and expertise to conduct this task to your satisfaction. When you succeed in finding the ideal pest control company, below are some of the advantages that you’re going to enjoy.

You are going to get customized planning. When you notice that your house is infested with pests, you must make sure that you are completely safeguarded. In such a situation to make sure that you are safe, the simplest way is by hiring a professional pest control company. Bear in mind that these professionals have the skills and knowledge in the industry and are aware of the tricks to use to get rid of these annoying animals. These professionals will give you a customized plan based on the size of your house, and they will continuously keep an eye on your home to confirm that the pests are no longer there.

Another benefit is that they will prevent your property from getting damaged. Being a homeowner, you need to know that pests can cause damage to your property. If you do not find the best alternative immediately, you will end up spending more money to do repairs on the damaged property. Termites can easily damage most of the items that are made from wood. So, do not allow these pests to damage your house. The best alternative will be to hire an experienced pest control company since they can avoid this issue by eliminating the bests from your home.

When you hire a professional, you are guaranteed your safety. You might consider purchasing over-the-counter products when you see a pest in your house. A lot of these chemical hazards and you should not deal with harmful chemicals since they can be dangerous for both you and your family members. Make sure that you are safe and hire a professional pest control company. Many of these companies have the right tools and knowledge of dealing with stressful situations. What’s more, they are aware of the safe products that are safe for your home and environment. Most of these professionals pest control companies comprehend the safety measures that they need to take when they are handling pests.

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