What to do while waiting for a meeting or a taxi or a bus
There are so many times in our day where we are waiting & often kept waiting for a long time. This becomes frustrating when you have a full to do list and are sitting around waiting.
The trick is to have back-up things which you can immediately switch into & don’t matter if you get interrupted. Learn to spot the opportunities in your day & recognise their use even if it’s not a 30 minute block of time.
I recommend having a notepad (or electronic version if you prefer) with you at all times and have folder for articles etc (and this folder can be electronic too).
• Keep a journal, magazine, printed blog post or newspaper to read in your bag. Use post-its to tag pages you want to scan & keep. Add items you need to follow up on to your to do list. Note articles which your contacts may enjoy – useful excuse to keep contact with a client (‘I saw this & thought you might enjoy/be interested in this’), or send out on Twitter.
• Check your to do list – update with things done & add new tasks
• Send texts
• Review your diary for next week – is there anything you want to cancel or postpone? Something you need to move?
• Call your Mum or someone you haven’t spoken to in a while (but warn them you may need to go as you are waiting for an appointment).
• Do tomorrow’s to do list (you will probably know what you can get done today) – focus on your weekly priorities
• Confirm meetings by email or text (avoids cancellations or wasted time)
• Update your database with new contact details of people you have just met (you can do this at your desk or if you have mobile database – I recommend Zoho CRM).
• Check in with your goals – what progress have you made? What else can you do to achieve your goals?