Connecting As A Task To Be Managed
One of the biggest excuses I hear from business people is their inability to get out and meet new people (connect) due to the lack of time. We all have busy lives. Personal pressures, professional obligations and a litany of other things which demand our time, energy and attention. At the end end the day who has time to get out and meet new people?
Its a problem even I struggle with. I receive nearly 400 emails per day. I have more phone calls than I can possibly count. I am directly responsible for three companies, working on a new start-up, coach a soccer team and balance home and family obligations as well. It would be easy to throw my hands up and say, “I’m simply too busy!”
And I would be doing myself a huge disservice.
Connecting with new people and taking the time to strengthen connections with those people you want and need to know better is one of the most most important things I think I do on a daily basis. It’s critical to my present and future success. If I were a betting man, I’d lay odds that the same applies to you too.
Getting out and connecting with new people is something I have had to literally force myself to schedule into my day. Everyday. Whether it be scheduling an early morning coffee or breakfast with a new contact or dedicating a space of time after lunch to simply pick up the phone and have a check in conversation with someone I’ve recently met, I do it. I literally manage the act of connecting as a task on my daily To Do List. When I have it committed to daily schedule and that task stares me in the face every single day, it becomes easier to plug through and just do it. Before long it doesn’t end up feeling like a task at all. It becomes something I actually look forward to each day. Without a doubt it breaks up the monotony of the other less exciting or not so stimulating tasks I must complete during a given day.
Try scheduling blocks of time today to get out there and connect. Give it a try won’t you? You’ll be glad you did!
Still think you’ll struggle, try the startup I’m working on called Promptivate. After all, my team and I created it to keep the contacts we need to be reaching out to on a regular basis front and center. It has helped me grow some very important relationships that might have otherwise slipped through the cracks. Give it a whirl and see if it doesn’t do the same for you.
Remember, relationships won’t grow themselves. Schedule some time to grow them.