I know sometimes I drive my friends crazy. I like to keep things simple and that also applies to social planning. Have you ever tried to plan a dinner for a group of gals? The amount of texting for one evening out can put you over your monthly limit. Time is precious. Most of us have pretty busy schedules. So are you guilty of wasting other peoples time?
Do you have a friend like me that is a time management freak and like to wham bam- just plan it? Sometimes by the time something is planned, you are so mentally exhausted from it that you don’t have the excitement of attending the event. We have all been there!
We are all creatures of habit. We all have different methods of communication. Here are some ways to curtail the time wasting:
1. When planning a group activity, limit the choices. The more choices, the more time it will take to decide on something.
2. Pick a time and meeting place ahead of time.
3. If the venue is crowded, have a few people get there early and save a space.
4. Don’t leave your phone in the car! A friend got lost at a shopping mall the other week! We almost had to have her paged.
Time wasting can also apply to a variety of other instances besides social planning. Being a business owner, I spend a lot of time communicating with potential clients, vendors and other various resources. My schedule changes so much that a lot of the time its easier for me to make a quick phone call to lock down a job vs waiting for an email response. I can’t tell you how many times I have had someone respond that a time works for them and I have already booked it.
And lets not forget all those solicitation calls from SEO companies and advertising publications. A lot of them have google phone number that will show a local number. I have been fooled many a time and pick up the phone. They also recycle reps. One with call you one month, and the next month another one will phone. I politely ask to be taken off their list.
Time is precious. And for many of us, we don’t have a lot of extra time on hand each day. So think about how you spend your time and how you communicate!