Last month was one of refining processes, contracts and efficiency. I have many projects happening simultaneously. One thing I’ve started to see is that I’m constantly in meetings. Here’s some things to keep in mind about meetings:
1. Carve out certain days of the week to meet
Be intentional about what days are good for you to meet people. Make committments and stick to them. I always think it’s a good idea to schedule meetings a week or two in advance so you don’t do things last minute. That way you can be prepared. If you work for yourself, planning the use of your time wisely can be tricky. Make sure to pen in appointments and keep your diary close at all times!
2. Set an agenda/itinerary
Ideally, you want to stick to an agenda which you set. Get through the business first, then you can move onto the fun stuff if you still have time.
3. Let people know how long you can meet
Time is precious. If you have lots to get through, make sure you structure your days well and stick to your goals. It’s always a good idea to set out the time you have available when organising meetings. Literally say to yourself (and your client) how long you have for the meeting. 1 hour? 2 hours? Put a lid on how much time you can spend working on something with someone. If you don’t do this, you may just run over time and disappoint yourself when you can’t achieve your other goals for the day.
4. Keep the location in mind and be intentional about it
Where inspires you? Where is there free wifi? Do you need a plug point for your laptop? Do your research when you schedule a meeting with someone. If it’s not in an office, ensure you’re somewhere that has the resources you need and also makes you feel good (and has good coffee!)
As they tell you on their website, The Blacktop Rally is “nothing short of the wildest road trip South Africa has ever seen.” In fact, “it’s a roadtrip of epic proportions, covering between 2,800 – 3,500km of the best backroads South Africa has to offer, sharing the experience with like-minded individuals and experiencing a fantastic adventure.” It kicked off on the 29th of April this year. The six day trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town found itself in Port Elizabeth on Day 4. Well how about that, so did I!