Double Bookings, Ugh...

How many times have you looked at your calendar and cringed at how badly double booked you are? Or sat down at the end of your day and realized that you've spent most of your day traveling to and from, meeting vendors and business partners. Taking an hour each month, then weekly, to plan out your speaking engagements, meetings or travel can seem onerous, but could save you time and money in the long run. Creating positive calendar management habits, will increase efficiency and productivity, as a better managed calendar will allow you to maximize your day.

Here are a few tips...

• Plan out your day - not a  morning person? Fine. Use your morning hours to catch up on emails, phone calls, billing, expensing or anything else that you can do from your office space. 

• Plan out your meetings! Whether by phone, telepresence or in person, your business partners want to feel that they have your time and attention. Give yourself at least 15min prior to a meeting for any IT issues that may come up. Go as far as doing a test run, especially when meeting with VP's. Map out your in-person meetings. Traveling in most cities is difficult, map and schedule your meetings so that they work for you. Arriving late, sweaty and then having to rush through is unprofessional and somewhat gross. Remember, you are the brand! 

So get it together, get organized or better yet....get yourself an assistant.