I remember my boss stopping by once saying he had some good news. What could it be? Are they giving me a raise? Letting me hire another staff member? Painting my office?
â€œWeâ€™ve decided to send you the Franklin Covey time management class!â€
Oh. Wonderful. Thanks. I didnâ€™t actually have to say those things out loud, because Iâ€™ve always had a tough time working the poker face. He seemed disappointed that I wasnâ€™t excited.
I rallied. â€œNo, thatâ€™s great. Who couldnâ€™t use some instruction on how to write things down on a calendar?â€
When someone sends you to time management class, theyâ€™re trying to tell you something. Itâ€™s like sending you to anger management class. Itâ€™s not because youâ€™re great at managing your anger.
So I smiled and thanked him, all the while thinking, “Yeah, right. Like I canâ€™t keep my calendar straight.”
So maybe a month rolls by, and one day Iâ€™m sitting at my desk. Suddenly I jumped up in the air. â€œHoly, sh*t! The Franklin Covey thing!â€
I dug through the papers on my desk and found what I was looking for, a flyer about the class. Not only was it that day, but it had started two hours earlier.
I didnâ€™t tell anybody that Iâ€™d missed my $200 training, but instead quietly rescheduled for another date. I eventually took the class and learned to be a highly effective time manager.
Now it’s time to share with you the secret: write things down on a calendar and look at it all the time. There. I just saved you $200.