Time Management Truths

 

Time Management Truths

I remember the day I bought a “Daytimer”. The black bonded leather of the binder felt cool under my hand. When I opened it, the leather creaked a bit as I put the calendar pages in to start my productive life. The excitement of making my “To Do List” and scheduling my tasks was almost intoxicating. Finally, I was going to get everything done I needed to do! What a feeling.

After a couple of weeks, fewer and fewer things got checked off. My lists got longer, and I was running out of lines to write down all the tasks on my ever growing “Not Getting Done” list. There didn’t seem to be enough time in my day to get everything done! My exhilaration at the thought of getting everything done turned into frustration that I couldn’t trust myself to get anything done. By the end of the first month, the binder collected dust on my dresser. Everytime I looked at it, a pang of guilt swept over me as i walked past it. If only I had 1 more hour in my day. I could get it all done.

The truth is, we all wish we had more hours in the day. Most of us fill out calendars with more to do than we have time for. And at the end of the day, we look at everything we haven’t done, and transfer our incomplete tasks to the next day. Our “To Do List” grows, and our “Not Getting Done” list gets even longer. What can we do?

We need to start with the simple acceptance that we only have 24 hours in a day.That’s it. Nothing we can do will change that. Prayer doesn’t give us more (unless you are Joshua in the Bible, and he only got one extra day), and rubbing magic lamps doesn’t work. This simple act of acceptance frees us from the illusion that we are all powerful and can do it all. Knowing our limits is the first step to managing our time.

Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging sharing with you tips I have learned from my own work and from other people more successful than me, to help you do what you need to, and have an enjoyable life. All through a few time management truths.

Anna is the founder of Capri Temporary Housing, headquartered in Del Rio, TX. Capri procures and manages lodging for individuals and companies so they can contain costs, be more productive, spending time on revenue producing activity while working away from home. Contact us to learn how we can free up your time so you can enjoy doing the things you get paid for while you are on the road.

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Rules for Success from a Hospitality Magnate

Slide1I’m always looking for ways to improve my business and my life. I figure that the things that make me successful in business make me successful in life. So when I came across this blog by Bill Marriott, I thought, “This is good stuff.” Like Bill, I love lists, and what helps the leader of an international organization be successful can help all of us who are hungry to be better.

No one accidentally becomes a good leader.  Bill Marriott

Marriott says, “No one accidentally becomes a good leader. It takes dedication and discipline.” I agree. As a business owner and a martial artist, I have discovered this painful truth. Discipline requires forethought, and doing what is necessary whether you feel like it or not.  It means doing what others won’t to serve the ones you lead. I wish that was easy. But the list Mr. Marriott shares can provide structure to the important focus you need for that discipline.

Here is his list:

  1. Challenge your team to do better. And do it often.
  2. Take good care of your associates, and they will take good care of your customers. And they will come back.
  3. Celebrate your people’s success, and not your own.
  4. Know what you are good at and keep improving.
  5. Take action now! Err on the side of doing. Indecision paralyzes. Got with your gut, and move forward.
  6. Communicate by listening to your customers, associates and competitors.
  7. See and be seen. Get out from behind your desk, and be accessible.
  8. Focus on the details. Success is in the details.
  9. Customer needs vary, but their expectation of quality does not.
  10. Always hire people who are smarter than you are.
  11. It’s more important to hire people for their qualities than for their experience.
  12. View every problem as an opportunity to grow.

To become the leader we want to be, we need a plan, determination and discipline. I love this list! It helps to keep our focus on what is truly important as we realize success in business and life. Which of these items do you feel comfortable with? Which one do you feel requires some work? I’d love to hear your response! Comment below and let me know what you think.

Thanks, Bill, for these words of wisdom. To read his blog, go to http://www.blogs.marriott.com/

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10 Tips for Busy Business Travelers

I love to travel. Seeing new places, meeting new colleagues, making new friends are all part of the excitement of business trips. On the flip side, travel can be very tiring. Hectic schedules, late nights and close contact with other travelers on airplanes can run down a road warrior’s immune system, making him more susceptible to illness.Business Travel

In this blog, I’ve compiled top tips from 10 different sources to help you navigate the trials of business travel with less stress.

  1. Keep essentials packed at all times. If you travel a lot, you want to remember crucial items. The best way is to keep them packed in your suitcase when you empty it after your trip. Then you never have to worry about forgetting essential items when you drop onto your bed at midnight after a long day of travel. (courtesy of US News)passport
  2. Back up important documents in electronic form. Identity theft occurs more and more frequently. Passports, credit cards, and immunization records can be stolen, so keep a scanned copy on your phone or a cloud based storage site, like Dropbox. If something does happen, you will have your information at your fingertips. (Source: Independent Traveler)
  3. Charge up all devices before you go. Smartphones and laptops use battery quickly. Before you get on your flight or start driving, charge up so you don’t lose vital communication while you are traveling. Keep in mind, a dead phone can be confiscated by TSA as a security precaution, too! (Source: The Telegraph)airplane
  4. Know the difference between nonstop and direct flights. Did you ever find yourself on a flight, thinking there were no stops when the plane lands at another airport first? Direct flights take you to your destination, but make one or 2 stops along the way. Nonstop flights fly to your destination without landing at other airports. When you book your flight, choose nonstop if it is within your budget. (Source: Business Insider)
  5. Eat right. Healthy eating gives us the fuel to navigate the stresses of travel with more grace. Eating light and staying away from alcohol help make for more comfortable travel, and a better adjustment to your next destination. (Source: Fast Company)healthy snacks
  6. Always hydrate. Dehydration plagues most travelers. You might be too busy to remember to drink or that Starbuck grande latte is the only thing keeping you awake. Plan ahead to bring a water bottle, and fill it up after you go through airport security. Avoid alcohol to reduce loss of body fluids. You want to feel your best when you get to where you are going. (Source: Forbes)
  7. Get enough sleep. When children need sleep, they get cranky. The same goes for adults. Adults require seven to eight hours of sleep to function well. Find ways to get sleep so you are at your best for your meeting or new job assignment when you arrive. Need some help? Read this article for some great tips: “Sleep Well While You Travel”Sleep for health.
  8. Pack a spare change of clothes in your carry on. Unexpected situations can cause delays, so your checked luggage doesn’t always get off the same plane you do. Undergarments, and clothes for the event you are attending give peace of mind in the event you baggage arrives at the airport later than you. (Source: Huffington Post)
  9. Take your time getting off the plane. Tempted to stand up when the plane stops at the gate? Relax. Take your time. Sometimes, it can take a while to open the door, so you could be standing for quite some time. Slowing down a little can help you get centered, and open up the opportunity for a random act of kindness. That alone can help you feel better! (Source: NY Times)
  10. Fully Furnished Short Term ApartmentLook for alternatives to hotels. More and more business travelers are looking for more home like accommodations. “Apartments or rooms in private homes are where the savvy travellers rest their heads these days,” says Sam Baldwin, travel editor for Skyscanner.

 

Companies like Capri can help you find more space to stretch out in, as well as save you money. Check out our offerings in South Central Texas. Not headed there? No problem, we can set you up anywhere in the country! Click here to tell us your needs, and let us help you on your next business trip!

 

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Three Tips to stay safe While You Visit the Mexican Border

Holiday travel can be exciting and fun. The Mexican border is a popular vacation site during any holiday. Use these three tips to stay safe while you spend your holidays here.    Border

#1. Exercise caution:

  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Put your smartphone away. Being distracted on your cellphone makes you an easy target for a watchful thief.
  • Dress nice, but not too nice. Don’t wear expensive looking jewelry. Criminals are looking for targets who appear to have more money to steal. Expensive  jewelry operates like a sign that says to a criminal, “Pick me! Pick me!”
  • Keep your camera in a bag or purse. Looking like a tourist makes you an easy mark for a would be thief.

#2 Ensure you have all your documents when you travel.

  • Documents. Make copies of your travel docs and give the copies to someone for safe keeping. While we all expect to return from our trips, not every trip goes as expected. If you lose your documents or become ill, a quick phone call to a trusted friend or relative can save untold misery if an emergency arises.
  • Money. Exchange money at your bank or a reputable exchange service. Shop around for good exchange services, if you plan to use cash. Even better, use a dummy wallet with a little bit of change that you can throw to a mugger. If you never have to use it, great. If you do, it may save your life!
  • At Customs: Have the docs ready when you cross back into the US. Without documents, you WILL be delayed returning to the US until someone in the US can prove your citizenship. Sitting in a customs waiting area can put a big damper on your holiday plans!

#3 Deny predators anonymity!

  • Travel in a group. Numbers provide safety when you are in an unfamiliar country. Predators look for people who are by themselves. It gives them anonymity. Staying with a group makes you a less attractive target.
  • Stay in well traveled, well-lit locations. Again, this denies a criminal a place to lurk.
  • Get home before dark. Enough said there!

While you stay with us, we want you to have the best holiday yet! If you have plans to be in Del Rio for 4th of July, check out our short term fully furnished apartments for the week you are here. Our locations are in safe neighborhoods and provide your own place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Capri Temporary Housing. Let us be your home away from home.

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10 Things to Know About Short Term Rentals

Why is it so hard to find a short term rental?

Let ‘s face it. Most people rent investment property want sure money. If you are only staying 2 or 3 months, that means a landlord has to find someone else to fishort term lease rentalll the property. Keeping this in mind when you are looking for something short term will help you in your search.

 

 

Why do short term rentals cost more?

Rental property is a business, just like Microsoft or Nike. If there is no profit, there is not rental property. Short term leases usually mean higher vacancy, which leads to additional fees so the property can continue to short term leaseoperate. This additional fee is worth the convenience of being able to leave after 2 or 3 months without obligation.

 

 

 

If my company is signing the lease, why do I have to undergo a back ground check?

Understand that background checks are standard in most rentals. If your company hires a corporate housing company like Capri to set up your rental for you, the credit check can often be waived, Background checks are to ensure the safety of the coshort term lease backgroundmmunity that you will be living in. Find out if you need to fill out any paperwork to expedite your move in date.

 

 

Why can the rent quote from a corporate housing provider only be good for a short time?

When you receive a quote from a corporate housing provider, they may only be able to promise the price for 72 hours or less. Many property management companies have adopted a pricing model that varies the rent to compensate for seasons of high vacancy.  An apartment could cost $1500/month for a 3 month lease one week, then soar to $2600 next month for the same lease term. To lock in a price, often it is necessary to make a decision quickly.

 

How much advance notice do I have to give when I leave?

In most metropolitan areas, apartment communities require a 60 day written notice to vacate. Your corporate housing provider will very likely have the same provision in your lease with them. Whatever that period is, know that you are responsible to pay the rent through the notice period. Put the date on your calendar so you can plan ahead, and avoid any unpleasant surprises.

 

Hope you enjoyed these first 5 steps of the 10 Things to know About Short Term Leases, next week, we’ll talk about the remaining 5. Stay in touch!

 

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Goals 102; Get into Action!

Have you written your goals down? What is your why? What benefits will you enjoy? If you still need to do this, go back to my blog post on January 15th before reading further.Goal Setting

In my last post, I promised to give you action steps for making your dream a reality. First we’ll talk about 3 important characteristics of goals that motivate, then the steps to make them a reality.

  • BIG!!
    In sports, athletes perform better against tough competition than mediocre. The tougher the competition, the better the performance. I’m not sure what it is about small goals. They may seem too easy. So we don’t work as hard. Often, small goals slip past us because they didn’t have power to energize us.

    1. Dream big! If your goal doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough! Don’t be afraid of failing! Trying for something bigger means that if you fall short, you will have accomplished more than if you did what you thought you could.
    2. Action: If you have a money goal, add a zero to it. WRITE IT DOWN! If you have a number of customers to reach or units to sell, grow it by 15 or 20%. Write the goal down and put it where you will see it every day for 30 days. Repeat that goal and state it with gratitude, as if IT IS ALREADY HAPPENING! It will feel uncomfortable at first but push through the discomfort and do it anyway.
  • Long range
    Think about a new driver. They tend to look at the road right in front of the car. Result? The path is not straight. They are more accident prone because they aren’t looking far enough. When they change their focus to farther down the road, the ride is smoother.

    1. Like driving a car, we need to plan goals that look far down the road. It helps us know the direction we are heading and keep us motivated when our path takes a detour.
    2. Action: Where do you see yourself in 1 year? 5 years? 10 years? WRITE these things down. Keep them in a place where you will see them every day! This will help you keep your eyes on the big picture.
  • Have a plan.
    1. Don’t confuse activity with achievement. Your actions must be purposeful. Most people don’t plan to fail. They simply fail to plan!
    2. Action: Start from the end and work your way backwards. WRITE each step required for the next milestone to happen. Take action every day! Even little steps move you forward. You are on your way!

We have grown Capri Temporary Housing to the major corporate housing company in our region using this process. We continue to improve our operations to better serve you.

Let us provide your company with the best in corporate housing. Call us at 800-258-3959, find out how we can help you save money for your next project.

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