Afternoon Espresso Hit
We recently received a phone call from avid espresso reader Richelle Swiney at MCM Entertainment with a suggestion of how we may improve the delivery of our newspaper. You've heard us say it before, we love it when people send us suggestions, ideas, tips and tools on how we can improve our newspaper to make it better for you and to help unlock your great ideas. Richelle's suggestion was to have the paper delivered later in the day when it's more appropriate for people to chill, have a cup of coffee, ponder and imagine. As was rightly pointed out, sometimes being delivered first thing in the morning you arrive with a bunch of work emails and The Espresso just gets swept up in a maze of things to do and you can't actually concentrate enough to make use of the cool ideas that we are sharing.
Not only did we think that this was a great idea but it reiterates the point that compartmentalising your day is a critical part of making time to get everything you want done, done. I remember reading a book by real estate guru John McGrath
in which he talks about how he segments his day in order to get things done. He might check his emails twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon and spend an allocated time in the afternoon, maybe an hour or two, just returning phone calls. The rest of the time is spent in face to face meetings and having time to think. Other CEO's that I know schedule all their meetings for the morning when they're bright and full of energy and in the afternoons they tend to do more work where they can sit, concentrate and ponder. When and how you do things is entirely up to you, there is no one recipe fits all however this suggestion regarding our newspaper did point out to me how important it is to work out what you do well and when through the day and allocate your time around it. Unfortunately people tend to check emails 24/7, engage in social media all day long at every
opportunity and bank meetings back to back for 8 to 9 hours a day and wonder why they don't get anything done. Compartmentalising is also something I spoke about in My Dad's Got Mojo - He's the Best Dad Ever
to allow you to be with your children when you're with your chldren. Plan ahead, allocate your time and then be disciplined enough to stick with it. Work out what you do well, when and then do it. There's a time and a place for everything and the time for your weekly hit of innovation is now Wednesday afternoons!