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Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

"Anything that is wasted effort represents wasted time. The best management of our time thus becomes linked inseparably with the best utilization of our efforts." ~ Ted W. Engstrom 

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Is This Phone Call Really Necessary?

Before you make a call, ask yourself whether calling is the most time-effective step at this time.

Time spent with others can either be highly productive or barely productive -- depending on how you use your time together. Be honest. In any given day, who wastes whose time the most? Create systems for others to respect your time and you, theirs. When possible, take requests and questions from others in batches and do the same for them. Show your respect for other people's time during phone calls, appointments and meetings. Be prepared and punctual. Value other people's time and they will value yours.

Use your next phone call as one more demonstration of your commitment to a system that respects everyone's time.

Today's Idea For Action is from the TQ Optimize Color: Create Systems to Maximize Time -- Yours & Others.

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Now, ask yourself the following three questions:

  1. Is this the best time to call, or would it be better to get a little more information first?
  3. Would it be best to make a call now, or to combine it later with other questions?
  5. How can you make every phone call a successful completion?
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So, Just How Committed to High Achievement Are You?

Think about it. How well and how often do you actually do Optimize Factor 9E? (Create Systems to Maximize Time -- Yours & Others.) No question, this is a major driver of personal and professional success.

A high commitment (9E rated 8 or better) suggests you are highly productive with the time you spend with others. You're aware of time limits and what can be accomplished each day. Knowing this, you treat time as the single most valuable resource on Earth. Knowing that everyone else is also pressed for time, you make sure you don't distract them from their work. Because you have created and communicated timesaving procedures for others to make the best use of their time -- as well as yours -- you now have more time to focus on your own projects.

Or not?

A lack of commitment suggests your time spent with others can be disruptive and inefficient. Your poor planning and disorganization wastes everyone's time. For example, you may have to make two callbacks to get information you could have obtained during the first call. You rarely take steps to prevent the incoming barrage of phone calls. The repeated requests that interrupt your day cause you to either reluntantly accept the sacrifice made in time lost -- or worse -- openly resent the time you have to give to others.

What happens when you do TQ Factor 9E more frequently?

You have more power. You save everyone's valuable time by being well-planned, on-point and on-time.

You accumulate performance positives like "Considerate, Respectful and Efficient" -- immediately moving you towards the results you expect.

What happens when you fail to consistently do TQ Factor 9E?

You have less power. Your inefficient interactions with others wastes everyone's time.

Negatives like "Inconsiderate, Disorganized and Distracted" start to take their toll on your performance -- quickly moving you away from the success you want.

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