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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Unique Characteristics of a Good Healthcare Managed Services Provider

Finding the best Healthcare Managed Services provider is an important business decision that you should make. The reality behind this story is that these are professionals that can offer the best support so that you can achieve your business goals. Before you make the final and complete decision, it is important to take time and make a proper comparison of the qualities that several service providers might be having. Having a checklist of the things that you need to look for can make the whole process to be more productive and meaningful. Below is an article with unique characteristics of a good Healthcare Managed Services provider.

Choosing healthcare Managed Services provider who has a good reputation is very important. This is because they might have developed their good reputation as a result of working for many years to a different client. Always remember that a good reputation can only be earned through good work. Ensure that you carry out proper research about their reputation before you hire them. One of the best ways on how to do this is by reading through the online reviews and testimonials that they might be having on their website from past clients. This can clearly indicate to you whether the contract Commitments for the different clients were made on time. Also, using the word of mouth research where you can talk to people you trust like friends and relatives who have ever worked with your prospective health Managed Services provider before, can help in providing you with more recommendations.

Choose healthcare Managed Services provider who has the highest level of industry experience. Always remember that the more experienced they are, the higher the probability of getting high-quality services. If they managed service provider of your choice has a proper industry experience, they can be in a good position to come to task with the best understanding of their operational as well as users expectations of the information technology requirements in order to support as well as use that for the purpose of developing solutions that can be able to meet there and unstated requirements.

Last but not least the Healthcare Managed Services provider should be more committed to delivering a high level of services. This means that the type of commitment they should have is the one expressed through development of a proper understanding of your organization, assigning dedicated resources that can help in making them look as if they are a team in your organization, meeting you at regular intervals so that you can be able to review together how the services are meeting the specific needs that you have in place, and also whether there are some crucial improvements and changes that should be made.

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