Although I consider myself an early adopter, when it comes to scheduling meetings and staying organized, I’ll admit, I’m a bit more old school. I use a purple Franklin Covey leather-bound planner and keep track of tasks and projects using lists and folders (per David Allen’s Getting Things Done method).
As a self-employed individual, networking and meetings are imperative to my business. It’s not uncommon for me to meet with 6-8 new contacts, business partners or friends per week. Back in July, keeping track of meeting requests and following up with meeting requests really started to get stressful and confusing, so I signed up for a tungle.me account. The tungle tagline is “easily schedule meetings anytime, anywhere.” Sounds exactly like what I needed.
Unfortunately I let my tungle account sit, unused, for a little over a month. To make tungle work, you have to add your meetings to an online medium like Google Calendar and sync it with tungle. Because I use a paper-based planning system, I decided the payoff couldn’t be worth the time and effort to regularly input my data into an online form to implement tungle, so I didn’t use it.
Boy, was I wrong! Last week, scheduling meetings started to overwhelm me again. I decided to revisit my tungle account and take 20 minutes to input my current commitments for the next 60 days. I responded to several folks who’d contacted me about meeting them and included my unique personalized link (http://www.tungle.me/krista), asking them to view my availability and propose a few meeting times that worked on their end and we’d go from there. By the end of the day, three meetings were booked!
If you’re looking for a way to be more effective with scheduling meetings, I highly recommend using tungle. I’ve been using it for just over a week and have already booked 9 meetings because of it. (Keep in mind that I’ve been trying to plan many of these meetings for at least 1-3 months.) Thanks to tungle, I no longer waste time looking at my calendar to pick 2-3 dates and times that I’m available and email the person only to learn those times don’t work for him or her. Tungle eliminates these steps.
If you’re already using an electronic-based planning system, you’re one step ahead! Are you using tungle or a similar web-based scheduling program? Has it made you more productive? Please share how you effectively schedule your meetings. We’d love to hear from you!