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How to get on a busy person’s calendar

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Let’s say you have the attention of someone who agrees to meet or do a phone call with you, but they’re just too busy to set it up right now.

The wrong thing to do in most cases is to wait some number of weeks or months to reconnect with the person and set up a meeting.

If you have the person’s attention, you should see if there is a way you can get on their calendar right then and there, even if the actual meeting or call will take place weeks or months out.

Here’s an example of how this might work in practice:

You: “Hi _____, I’m an MBA student who is tracking the Big Data market sector. I have come across some interesting companies looking for funding and was wondering if you might be interested in meeting me to discuss them during the 1st week of December. Also have some interest in working in VC and would love to discuss that career path as well. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.”

Reply: “Hi Mary – thanks for the note. I would love to chat but I’m swamped for next month or so. Can you email me in the New Year and see if we can set up a time to speak? Thanks.”

You: “Hi _____ – would love to talk to you in the New Year. Would it be OK if we penciled in Feb 1 10-1030a Pacific for a phone chat and then change/move if needed? Thanks and please let me know if that works for you.”

Reply: “Hi Mary – sure, may have to reschedule it but let’s get it on calendar. I’ve copied my assistant who can get the logistics set up.”

Give it a try. It works.

Written by John Gannon

September 22, 2014 at 11:47 am

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The powerful productivity hack I stumbled upon completely by accident

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Recently I’ve been tracking the time I have spent on a couple of projects.

In doing that, I’ve stumbled upon an unintended but powerful side effect of time tracking.

By tracking my time spent on a specific project I become much more focused on the task at hand.


If I don’t succumb to any of the usual distractions (e.g. checking email) I don’t have to do the tedious work of figuring out how much of a given time window was really spent on project work.

This resistance to those distractions conserves mental energy ( I don’t have to compute “time wasted” and subtract it from the time window in question) AND makes my time tracking more accurate.

I’m definitely going to look for more opportunities to put this productivity hack into practice.

One more thing:

Here’s another productivity hack that’s great for people who hate to say ‘No’.

Written by John Gannon

September 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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