We’ve all been led to believe social media is the latest time-wasting criminal to be released on the unsuspecting professional. But there is another villain on the scene. One that sneaks up on you and steals a bunch of time from right under your nose. It doesn’t have a name, it can’t been seen, and after it strikes you feel stressed and frustrated. Its motive: to make you late and leave you unprepared.
But there is a secret weapon that will protect you from this villainous time killer. Read on to find out where it lurks and how to stop it in its tracks.
The scene of the crime
You’re running out to a meeting. Where did you put your notepad? Where are your business cards? None of your pens work. Ugh, you’re going to be late!
You’re in the middle of an interesting conference session. You’re taking notes on your laptop. Suddenly, the low battery signal pops up. No charger. Worse, no pen and paper to use as back up. Ah, you’ll never remember all these key points!
Sorry to say, you’ve been robbed. You’re the victim of a crime against your time.
How to protect yourself
It’s called a Go Bag and it’s your trusted weapon to use against this time thief. Your Go Bag is ready at a moment’s notice. No pre-thinking involved. No wasted time spent searching.
Types of Go Bags
You can have a Go Bag for virtually anything:
- Client meetings
- Going to the Gym
I even have Go Bag for walking my dog!
What you’ll need:
There are two parts to building your Go Bag: the Essentials and the Add Ins. The Essentials are the core items that stay in the bag at all times. For example, your Go Bag for meetings might look like this:
- Sticky notes
- Business cards
- USB Drive
- Breath mints
- Hand cream
- Hand sanitizer
- Earbud headphones
- A bag of change (for the parking meter)
- Bottle of water
The Add Ins are items that you use on a daily basis, which means they can’t be kept in the Go Bag when it’s not in use. Your Add Ins for a meeting could include:
- Paper Calendar (if you use one)
- Tablet or laptop
- Relevant paper documents
Keep your Essentials in a large Ziploc bag or on a Grid It (check this link out in a minute, it’s a very cool product) to easily transfer to your various carrying bags. This is very handy for people who have different bags for different seasons or outfits (and you know who you are!)
Save yourself 30 minutes a week
Do the math. You have 3 meetings a week. It typically takes you 10 minutes to find all your materials and head out the door. You’ve just saved yourself 30 minutes. Time you can spend doing more important things.
Take back your time
If you think you’ve been robbed, take action now. Build your Go Bag and protect yourself and your time.
Now it’s your turn
Do you have a Go Bag? What do you use it for? What do you carry in it? Leave your comments and insights below and we’ll continue the conversation.