When making plans, put a stake in the ground as early in the conversation as possible and save a lot of scheduling time and hassle. Get-It-Done Guy tells you how.
Scheduling. I just love scheduling! No, I don't. I hate scheduling. And scheduling via email can be a horror show. Does this sound familiar?
You: Want to get together?
Friend: Sure! How about next week?
You: That sounds great. When are you free?
Friend: Pretty much any time. What works for you?
You: Thursday is pretty open.
Friend: Ok, how about Thursday at noon.
You: Actually, I have lunch plans at noon. But how about 1pm?
Friend: That works. Where shall we go?
You: I was thinking somewhere fun. What's fun for you?
Unless you enjoy these exchanges, it’s time for a change. Rather than making a vague intention about the future, get specific. Put a stake in the ground as early in the conversation as possible by proposing a date and time. The other person is still free to come back with a counter-proposal, but they can also just say "yes," saving you a lot of scheduling time and hassle.
You: Want to get together next Wednesday at 2pm at Dave & Buster's?
Friend: I'm busy at 2pm. How about 3pm?
You: We're on!
I'm Stever Robbins. I mentor CEOs and entrepreneurs in how to set strategy and align their company behind the strategy. If you want to know more, visit http://www.SteverRobbins.com.