Explore New Tools
I have a confession, I only began using Calendly this year.
Before that, my (fab) assistant Clare handled scheduling. The process seemed to work well enough, so I didn’t change it for 6+ years.
But once I switched to Calendly, I realised how cumbersome the previous process had been. I’d connect Clare with the person(s) I wanted to speak with and she would negotiate a time that worked for everyone. The back and forth took time.
Simply sending someone a link with all my (and my colleagues’) available times (which show up in the recipient’s time zone) reduces all this down to a click or two. In hindsight, it’s such an obvious move.
It makes you wonder what obvious moves you might be missing.
I recently recommended exploring a Zapier integration to an acquaintance. She replied, “I don’t have time to explore new tools”.
Understandable perhaps. But keeping your head down and ignoring the technology changes all around you is also a sure-fire way to become a digital dinosaur. Staying abreast of technological developments would appear to be a pretty important part of the community building process.
p.s. Maybe the reason you’re so busy is that you never invest the time to become more efficient?