Over the past weekend I just thought of something that I have to do in the future. I have to make sure clients do not arrange status meetings on projects for Mondays anymore !! This is because it ruins my weekend before it and adds too much stress to my marriage.
I admit openly that I am a big believer in “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” methodology of consulting. If a client’s hair is on fire they get my attention and urgent response. I am also a major procrastinator and tend to do my best work when there is a deadline staring me down (which I don’t think is totally untypical I’m afraid).
I have recently run into several clients who insist on meetings on Mondays and they don’t realize that in doing that they have just ruined another weekend for me. I have just spent this whole past weekend working on stuff for a meeting this afternoon. Then I’m going to take some time with my Grandkids that I should have given them on Sunday.
So rather than becoming more disciplined and better organized I am just going to change the scheduling of meetings for mid to late week in the future. So clients be warned – my Mondays and Tuesdays are now all officially “booked” 😉 ahead (unless of course your hair is really on fire).