We are pleased to present a post today written by Ken Dunn, the well known author of The Greatest Prospector in The World. You may have read our review here on Jaquo. Mr. Dunn, along with this latest book, are currently on a virtual book tour.
You can find all the details at his tour page here, hosted by iRead Book Tours. Do drop by for more information. You will find other articles by Mr. Dunn, interviews, and reviews. Get to know the author. You won’t be sorry.
Here is Ken Dunn’s article…
You Can Be A Pro Scheduler Without Being A Zombie
I Think It’s Safe To Say That Most Of Us Are Of The Opinion That There Are Just Not Enough Hours In The Day.
There are two ways to get more hours: never sleep, or become a scheduling pro. Sleeping is a must, so you need to become a scheduling pro. Here are four tips that will make you more productive without needing to become a zombie:
1 Reschedule Cancelled Events
Your schedule should not be so tight that things can’t be shuffled around. If something was important enough to put on your schedule in the first place, then you should find time to reschedule it. This allows for flexibility in your schedule without risking dropping the ball somewhere.
Knowing how to prioritize calendar items is key. Higher priority items go first and then let the lower priority items fill in the gaps. Don’t auto-schedule anything. Even if something is a weekly occurrence, make sure to schedule it with intent each time. If it isn’t important then don’t add it to your calendar.
3 Leave a Buffer Between Appointments
As professionals, we often try to do too much and overbook our schedules. Often our appointments are back to back leaving no time to prepare in between. Rushing to appointments without allowing yourself time to prepare is like running into a test without studying. You may barely squeak by, but you could have nailed it had you studied. Meetings are no different. Get the most from your appointments by blocking out time between them to prepare.
4 Don’t Forget to Breathe
When we go nonstop, we run the risk of burning out. As busy as you are, it is important to allow yourself time to breathe. In fact, taking breaks is so important that you should actually schedule them. This way you are less tempted to fill the time slot. Make time to refresh, re-energize and refocus!
I know you are busy, but take these tips to heart. There is a difference between being busy and being productive. These tips will help you to optimize your calendar & become a pro scheduler.
Book Description for The Greatest Prospector in the World:
Laura Dunagan, was born in the gold prospecting days of rustic Alaska in the early 1900’s. When Laura was 14 years old, her father was trapped under a mudslide while prospecting in a nearby river and died. Laura was forced to move to Chicago in the care of her rich Uncle Joe. Laura hated Uncle Joe because he forced her to leave the river, but also because he had left the family prospecting business to move to Chicago years before she was born.
Laura discovers that Uncle Joe made his fortune selling insurance and was the owner of the largest insurance company in Illinois. While wandering through the mansion one day, she found Uncle’s Joe personal den. In it, she discovered an entire new life that would lead her to heights that she would never had realized panning for gold in Alaska. Uncle Joe used the 6 gold prospecting rules for safety to prospect new clients for his insurance company and in doing so, discovered the secrets to wealth in selling.
Ken Dunn is one of the leadership training world’s up and coming great speakers and trainers. An incredible hunger to learn and teach others has led Ken successfully through five different professional careers in the past 25 years.
Ken began a policing career at the age of 18. He was involved in the policing world’s most exhilarating and challenging disciplines, including undercover drug and surveillance work, S.W.A.T. teamwork, aggravated child abuse, frauds, aggravated assaults, illegal weapons smuggling and homicides.
Today, Ken regularly speaks to groups in the direct sales, mortgage, insurance and banking industries. He uses humor and his own experiences to inspire audiences around the world. Ken lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, Julie, and children Matthew and Laura.