This week’s blog will cover Time Management: Daily Success Plan.
Daily Success Plan
You want to start at your desk no later than 8:00 A.M. if possible.
Start by reviewing your calendar, schedule, deadlines, and list of top five goals to complete today.
1. Begin with your most urgent and important calls or tasks.
2. Tackle those important calls or tasks.
3. Do your “Feared Thing First,” or to quote Brian Tracy “Eat That Frog.”
4. Remember to break down the overwhelming projects into smaller tasks and take each one a step at a time. Remember: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
5. Maintain a sense of urgency.
6. Remember to check your list of five daily goals throughout the day to see how on track you are to completing them. Every time you finish one, cross it off your list. This will emphasize the accomplishment and will increase your positive internal energy level.
7. Keep track of all the new information you’re gathering while getting in touch with the contacts on your list. Take notes during your phone calls. Enter the information you walk away with as soon as you get off the call by transferring it into your Excel spreadsheet. Alternatively, if you have a good memory, you can allot time at the end of the day for this task.
8. Take small breaks. Try not to have lunch at your desk.
9. Remember to keep all papers you are not working on off your desk.
10. At 4:30 P.M., remember to start preparing your list of calls and follow-up activities for the next day using “The Executive Job Search Experts Call List” sheet.
11. Document five things you accomplished today.
12. Document what follow-up occurred today or needs to occur as a result of the calls and projects you completed.
13. Handle your follow-through and correspondence to follow up from what transpired during the day.
As a professional new business sales executive, I traditionally make my “cold calls” in the morning and my follow-up calls in the afternoon. Why? People tend to be more responsive in the mornings than the afternoons. Make your important calls take place the morning before people become too distracted or tired.
CORPORATE SUCCESS TIP: If you’re trying to get a hold of people on the phone, the following time slots are good guidelines to try and catch most people:
11:30 A.M.-12:05 P.M.
When sending emails, time them to arrive around:
7:30 A.M. Tuesday-Friday
10:30 A.M.-1:15 P.M.
At the end of each week, try to get into the habit of reviewing the week’s activity. I suggest you try to do this mid-afternoon on Friday. I would set up an appointment for yourself in 28 days at around 4:30-5:30 P.M. to review and analyze your job search results for the “month.” Ideally, it’s easier if you do this with a calendar month, at the true last day of the month.
Next week’s blog will cover Time Management: Part 6 : Weekly Success Plan
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Have a great week and productive week, managing the changes and challenges that are currently going on in your company.
I wish you a wonderfully successful and productive week ahead.
Eleanor Anne Sweet
Corporate Success Expert
Eleanor Anne Sweet
Your Corporate Success Consultant, Trainer, Speaker and Author
Corporate Success Partners.com
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