One of the hardest things to do when returning from a great business seminar, or conference is implementing what you’ve just learnt.
You’ll get home and the next day, usually a Monday, you’ll head into work full of vigor, only to realise you have appointments booked solid from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Not to worry though, you still have your lunch break.
But just before lunch you receive an email from your Accountant and he or she needs you to call them urgently. By the time you phone them and finish eating your lunch, lunchtime is over.
Once again, you’re not too concerned, because you have nothing scheduled after work, so you can start on all your new ideas at the end of the day, when it’s quiet and there won’t be any interruptions.
However, by the time 5.30pm comes around, you’re buggered, so you tell yourself, it’s been a long day, one night off will be good for me, however this pattern repeats itself on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and before you know it the week is over and it’s the weekend.
You decide to take the weekend off, because you’ve been so busy all week and you deserve the break, especially since you spent all last weekend at a conference and if you have family you cannot neglect them two weekends in a row.
One week leads to two weeks and before you know it a month has past and you have not yet implemented one new idea.
Does any of this sound familiar?
I must admit I repeated this process over and over again for years and it frustrated the absolute shit out of me.
I would get so annoyed with myself, but then I discovered the solution, Post-Conference Time Blocking.
If you’ve never used time blocking before you should, and if you’re not sure what time blocking is, it’s the easiest way to get things done.
Time blocking is about dedicating specific blocks of time to specific tasks and your goal is to perform and complete those tasks within the given time frame. If it’s not completed you immediately block out more time on another day.
Time Blocking is far better and more productive than having a daily to do list with no specific time frames.
What is Post-Conference Time Blocking?
It’s just like normal time blocking, you block out a specific period of time to perform a particular task, however post-conference time blocking also needs to be scheduled prior to leaving for an event, you cannot do it afterwards.
If you try to do it after the conference it just wont’ happen. Things will come up.
Therefore the earlier you can block out this time the better. Why not make it part of your conference booking procedure:
- Pay for Conference Tickets
- Schedule Post-Conference Time Block
- Book Accommodation
- Book Airfares
If you keep it in this order it will never be missed again.
Stay An Extra Day
I know some people who prefer to stay one day longer at their booked accommodation and they keep this additional day free so they can review their notes and start planning how they will implement what they’ve just learnt back into their life and business.
If you have the time to do this it’s a great idea, but if not make sure you block out your first day back at work, or at least half the day.
It’s also important to block out additional post-conference time blocks, because one time block is not going to be enough.
One Idea At A Time
Be aware that you cannot implement everything you learnt in one go, no matter how good the information, it’s virtually impossible, so instead pick the top three takeaways or ideas and from this short list pick just one.
Work on this one takeaway or idea on the first day back at work and as soon as it’s completed move onto the next most important item.
This is why you need to have additional post-conference time blocks scheduled, because you’re going to need them.
Attending seminars, conferences, and even workshops are great, but it’s more important to take action on what you’ve learnt and you can only do this by blocking out post-conference time blocks.
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