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a blog by Chris Barrow

Business development days

Working in my Fortress of Solitude in Altrincham – the only way I can get through the task list for the day. I went to bed last night feeling a little overwhelmed at “everything I have to do” today – but, true to form, I made a list of it all this morning at 06:00 and prioritised the list. Apart from getting shaved, showered and dressed at 09:00 and a quick trip out for a Costa Coffee at 10:30, I’ve been here all morning, accepting very few phone calls from the inner circle. A chance to get through a load of preparation:

  1. PowerPoint slides for IDH practice managers, introducing them to the IDH Business School

  2. revised PowerPoint slides for Practice Plan, following the feedback from last week’s workshop

  3. this week’s ezine (out in the next 24 hours)

  4. setting up a strategic alliance between an accountant and a dental client to discuss a future business idea

  5. paying some domestic and professional invoices (still haven’t delegated all of that yet – note to Chris – get it sorted)

  6. booking time with my excellent accountant Doug Murphy to agree some medium term financial plans

  7. preparing for a conversation with my financial planner, Simon Booth, this afternoon

There’s more on the list yet to achieve today, before I have dinner with clients who need help with a business that is suffering cash flow problems. I know I’ve said it before but I couldn’t achieve any of this without:

  1. planning the time to prepare

  2. switching off the emails and calls whilst I do

  3. enjoying the support of a fantastic internal and external support team

  4. delegating as much as possible

  5. allowing my trusty new Franklin time management system to establish my priorities

  6. having enjoyed adequate sleep, meditation, fresh air and fun over the weekend

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