Appointments-The Importance of Booking An appointment for business owners:
Our entrepreneurs also differ in terms of client interaction. If you conduct “business to business” transactions, the number of people you interact with on a daily basis may differ from that of someone whose business is based on interacting with customers. Appointments may be more convenient in some situations than others. If you want to eliminate distractions, you must tailor how you handle access to your specific situation. However, it is important to note that some people do not mind spending the entire day at the office entertaining friends, visitors, and casual acquaintances who drop in whenever they want. It’s nice. You are not that type of person. It sets a bad example for junior employees and can reduce productivity because these people take up time that you don’t have, and you want to cultivate a professional environment.
Unless you tend to stay late and play catch up, the demands of the day are sufficient to fill the eight working hours available. How can you compete in the market if there is no distinction between work and play? Anyone who is serious about success and achieving effective results will set clear boundaries to avoid confusion. Entrepreneurs are especially vulnerable to this, especially if the workplace is easily accessible. The fact that you are your own boss places even more pressure on you to maintain self-discipline and self-management. I wrote an entire book titled “Achieve More Through Self-Leadership.” In it, I walk you through the practicalities of how you can improve your results by managing yourself.
Appointments are an important tool for managing not only time but also life. They assist you in becoming more structured and productive. Some people appear to be unable to keep their appointments. I once went to a job interview that was scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. By 11:30 a.m., there had been no communication about what was going on or when the alleged job interview would take place. At that point, I decided that this company was probably not good enough for me to participate in because if you don’t respect other people’s time, you probably don’t respect them.
You may argue that appointments aren’t for you, but you never go to the doctor, dentist, lawyer, or hairstylist without an appointment. What is the reason for this? because you will not be able to see the dentist without an appointment. They have given you acceptable conditions. What we allow tells the world around us how to treat us.
Some people are always available to meet with you when you want to see them. If you are always available to meet with people on short notice, you are probably not very organised. The person who owns a diary will manage the person who does not. Why? Due to the fact that, without the diary, he is always accessible, even if he is prone to forgetting important meetings, dates, and engagements due to a lack of organisation, I had a boss who kept a diary, and whatever you promised to do at work, he would write it down, including the day and time you said you would have it by. You’d forget because you didn’t record it like he did, and when the time came to deliver, guess who was found wanting? It was at that point that I decided that I would not commit to an action unless I was willing to write it down, because what is written gets done!
“What if my business feeds off the environment?” You may wonder about the “drop-ins.” The fact that your company relies on walk-in customers should not be used as an excuse for chaos. Unannounced visitors may be potential customers, suppliers, cold-calling salespeople, or even valuable business contacts. If the call is beneficial to you and your business, there is nothing wrong with it, but I believe there must be a structure and way of doing things that adheres to certain pre-set principles. I saw a sign in an office that said, “If you don’t have anything to do, please don’t do it here.” It’s amusing, but it’s also true. Appointments help you structure your day and allocate time to what is most important.This frees you up to focus on your most valuable asset: the paying customer.. Nothing is more frustrating than walking into a business looking to do business and finding that the staff are unresponsive due to a time constraint. If the personnel are not busy entertaining social visits at work, I am more understanding.
Finally, you understand your business situation better than any of us. All we can do is make recommendations that promote efficiency and growth. Some of you may require the services of a personal assistant who will organise your office and focus on the tasks you are unwilling to do, allowing you to focus on the more important tasks at hand, such as running a business.
Fitzgerald Mujuru is a business consultant, marketing strategist, and salesperson for Zealot, Speaker, Effectiveness Coach, and brand builder with over twenty years of experience in marketing and sales for well-known brands. He has extensive commercial management experience in a variety of industries. His areas of expertise include marketing, brand development, sales, business development, business strategy, management, and equipping leaders and teams with personal and team effectiveness strategies. He has worked on consulting projects for businesses in professional services, media, communications, training and development, and non-profit organisations.