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.


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/


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!



Black Belt Selling-Closing With Confidence

My husband, Phillip, introduced me to Eric. When Deena challenged me with those four painful questions three years ago, I started reading books about sales. Two months into my quest, Phillip forwarded an email invitation for a free conference call about objection handling. I cleared my schedule to be on the call. Because he was a sales trainer, I assumed Eric had always been good at sales. However, that is not true.

Going from fearful to Confident!

Going from fearful to Confident!

Do you feel like a sales failure?
“I actually start off as a sales failure,” Eric shares. “I was terrible at it! The first sales team that I was on was comprised of about 15 sales people. I was the bottom producer my entire first year. At the end of that year I missed quota two months in a row and was written up because of it. My sales manager told me I had one more month or I would be let go.
“Dr. Moines took a scientific approach to selling. He wrote his PhD dissertation on what separates sales super stars from average sales people. If you ask people who are naturally gifted at selling how they close so many sales, they will often say they don’t know. They just do it. Dr. Moines studied these sales super stars to uncover what makes them so successful.
“Through his extensive research , he observed several striking traits they shared in common. They told the same stories, presentation after presentation. They closed in the same way. They asked similar probing questions and prepared for their clients in the same way. Dr. Moine literally cracked the code!”

Systems work!
Dr. Moines taught Eric a system for selling based on his research. When Dr. Moine said, “Do this here, do that here,” Eric did it. He taught Eric to create an outline of the presentation that he was going to deliver. To this day, if Eric has a presentation tomorrow, today he is going to spend time creating the outline of what he is going to cover and in what order.
That first month , Eric made his quota of $10,000. The following month, he sold more than five times the quota, becoming the top producer in his division! Since then, he’s never looked back. According to Eric, “It’s kind of like riding a bike. Once you learn how to do it, you know how to do it for the rest of your life. ”


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.


Goals 101: Lessons from Zig Ziglar

It’s that time of year when we are about ready to give up our New Year’s Resolution.  How about you? Are you struggling with the change? Ready to settle back to old habits?Goal Setting

Zig Ziglar’s book, “See You At the Top” has inspired thousand of people to greatness. And part of realizing that greatness is achieving goals! Now is a perfect time to look at those resolutions, and turn them into  real goals. Here are 5 measures to evaluate your intentions for the new year.

  • Have you written your goals down?
  • Have you written down why it’s important to reach your goals?
  • Have you determined the benefits you will enjoy when you have achieved when you get there?
  • What obstacles must you overcome to get there?
  • Who do you need to enlist to help you?

Writing your intentions in clear, specific language is a powerful step toward realizing your resolutions for the new year. Vision boards provide visual pictures  to help you see what you want to accomplish. When the fear of failure tells you, “It’s no use. Nothing will ever change,” keep in mind that writing is just the starting point.

Next week, we’ll talk about specific steps to take your goals from dreams in your head to actionable, concrete steps!

“You go as far as you see, and when you get there, you will always be able to see a little farther.” Zig Ziglar

What goals have you set for this year? What action steps are you taking? I’d love to hear from you! Comment in the space below, and let me know what BIG goals you have for the new year!

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