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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Things to Consider When Choosing a Glass Company

You need to ensure that you have chosen the right company that will offer the products that you can count on. The same appliances when it comes to the glass company. Although there are many of them you need to choose the one that you feel is offering the best. Whether it is for the window replacement or any other reason you need to ensure that you have selected the right company. You will need to choose a company that will offer the services that you require. Here are some tips for choosing the right glass company. This article is on the thing to consider when choosing the glass company.

You need to find out the qualification of the employees. You can be sure that the employees that have qualified for the job will do the quality work. Also though how best the company claim to offer the best services, you need to ensure that their staff is trustworthy in offering the services. Also, they need to have the right training in handling the various services that you may need. You will need the best friendly staff that you will work with because it will determine how well they will do the job. You need to ensure also the glass company is licensed and also insured. This shows that they have the right qualification in handling the job.

The other thing to consider when choosing the glass company is the experience. You will get that the company that you choose with the experience can be able to handle the spectrum of the activities. You can be sure that with the experienced company have the required expertise in handling the variety of jobs in the industry thus can be able to offer it with a lot of professionalism. You need also need to learn what they know. You need to choose a glass company that knows the types of glass that are bedded for handling the various tasks. You need the company that will have a full understanding of the glass varieties so they can help you in the selection of the best results. You may not understand the variety of the glass that is available but you can be sure that with the knowledgeable company they will assist you in the selection.

The other thing to consider when choosing the gals company is the reputation. When you go for a company that has a great reputation you can be sure that they will, offer quality services. This is because over the past they have been offering the customer services that are the best. The same appliances for online reviews. You will get that with the positive online reviews the company that you choose will offer the best services. You can be sure that the good reviews of the company are due to the best work that they have offered. Choosing the right glass company will ensure that the quality of work will be done. You will need to don through research to ensure that you have chosen the right company for your needs.

In conclusion, it is through the above factors that you will get the best glass company that suits your needs.

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