It’s Saturday and I’m sitting here with my second cup of coffee, ready to organize my week. I’m no time management expert like fellow blogger Peggy Duncan, but here are the 6 questions I ask myself.
1. What is already scheduled? I take a sip of coffee and look at the calendar. I find two meetings on Thursday, one that requires preparation. I block out time on Wednesday to get ready. And I’ve committed to do a podcast in early October, which requires at least a day of work. I make that my main project for Monday. Also, on that day I schedule the review blog posts I’ve drafted for this week. When I notice that Wednesday is October 1st, I add the task of reviewing my October followup folder to that day. Again, my first step is to review what I have already scheduled for the week and block out time to prepare.
2. What’s left over from last week? Second sip of coffee as I page back through my calendar. I didn’t get as far as I wanted with revisions to policies on email targeting for SCORE Chicago. I plan to review best practices, develop recommendations, and run them by SCORE Chicago marketing experts. OK, that’s Tuesday’s big project. The second step, then, is to integrate carry-over projects from last week into this week.
3. What are my family commitments? We’ve just moved the in laws from Tucson and promised them weekly outings. I think through the possibilities and put a “senior bus pass for Mary and lunch” on my calendar for Wednesday. Note to self: discuss weekend plans with the man in my life. Step three is to block out family time. more…
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Owning a Franchise is the same as owning your own business except you have the huge advantage of working within a proven and successful business structure. There are 2,900 active franchisors with about 500 new ones are added per year. The opportunities are vast – so your fit is important.
Let me know what your thoughts are on buying a franchise. Remember, you can always go to www.SCORE 114.org and find a mentor to help you the rough process — or even you can write me back as I am a SCORE mentor, also. What do you want to buy today?