Professional Development

Effectively Planning Your Time

If you own a business or are a C-suite executive, you know how important it is to manage your time. You don’t have anyone telling you when to come in and how to do your job. You are the boss after all.

If you are anything like me, then your Achilles heel is viewing every day as a great day to work. We all know that we need downtime in order to be productive; however, the real question is HOW do we prioritize this downtime?

No Brown Days

I was introduced to No Brown Days, by BriteWrx. This time management system is so simple that you can use it today. First, start by scheduling your “Mellow Yellow” Days. These can be weekends, vacations, family days, anything really. It is so important to schedule Yellow Days first. They cannot be an afterthought or you won’t be able to be productive when you need to be.

Second, schedule your Blue Days. These are times to plan strategy. Depending on how big your team is, this could be once a month or twice a week.

Then schedule your Red “Administration Days” this is where all the boring, paper pushing stuff gets done. It really only deserves one day a week.

Finally, you will be left with Green “Money Making Days” (my favourite). Use these days to implement your Blue Day strategies and maximize your productivity.

Here is the link to the website. Happy Planning!

Municipal Elections

Election Reflection 

I came in second last in the race for school board trustee. Not bad for my first time and a $170 budget.

My final total was 571 votes. I was really only expecting to get 200 votes! I was left to wonder “who were the 571 people who voted for me”? I have to admit that I do not know 571 people in my Ward. It was a happy surprise to get support from them.

How to spend $0.30 per vote in an election

I spent my $170 on the following

  • $60 on this website
  • $90 on a three-day facebook ad

This cost doesn’t include my time of course or registration. I did the following to “get my name out there”.

  • Attended two debates
  • Was a guest on two ethnic radio stations
  • Did one newspaper interview
  • Made a facebook page and invited my friends to join
  • Knocked on 30 doors in my neighborhood to get the required signatures (25)
  • Spent $100 on registration papers and $2 on parking.

What was the point of running then?

I really do believe that the public school system is flawed and I want to make a difference.

However, after identifying who was running in the race, I realized that I would need a lot more time and a lot more money than I had.

Like any other venture, I had to survey the competition and decide on a strategy. I had to pivot. I decided my best bet would be to learn from this experience and see what my cost per vote would be for next election cycle.

Now I know I need 10,000 votes in a crowded field and should be prepared to spend $4000 and have a team of volunteers.

After testing the waters with special interest groups, I know how to deal with them.

This has been an excellent learning experience, and one day, I’ll be Prime Minister of Canada or President of Ghana. Maybe both ;’)