I was standing in the lobby of a client’s office, and a gentleman walked in asking for directions. After the receptionist explained everything, he took out a piece of paper and asked her if she knew how to get to the other places on his list.
Turns out he was a salesperson and had planned on calling on several companies. He was new to the Atlanta area and had no idea where anything was. He’d moved from a small town and was used to getting from one place to the other fairly quickly. In Atlanta, you need to know where you’re going and make a good guess as to how long it’ll take you to get there (we don’t explain timing in miles…we do it in minutes. You could be ten miles from somewhere, but we’ll tell you that it’s 45 minutes away). Our traffic is bad early morning and late afternoon, but it’s easy to get around in between.
Well, anyway, I mentioned to him that he was going to spend most of his day getting directions and getting lost. And because he didn’t figure out anything in advance, he could end up driving around in circles…instead of driving with a plan and closing sales. Instead of having sufficient time to sell his stuff, he’ll be in the car having no idea where he is or which way he’d need to go.
When you wake up in the morning, you should already know what you need to accomplish,where you’re going, how to get there, and when you need to leave in order to get there on time. This gentleman could have used a combination of MapQuest, GPS technology, and the telephone to develop a plan.
I devoted an entire chapter to getting out of the house on time in my time management book, The Time Management Memory Jogger(TM). It’s available on my Website. Want training? It’s on my site too.