I am asked daily..What is it you do? And typically I answer with..
I’m a mentor, golf social mediaist, virtual chief operations officer, blogger, business/social network founder, remodel consultant and avid business golfer all of which I am for hire. Along with being a husband, grandfather, uncle, country club member as well as a golf course homeowner.
then, I am asked..
How do you do all this and play golf?
I maintain a routine.
This is where the conversation will usually gets interesting since not many people today maintain a routine focused on making time for golf. Yes, many millions of you have routines as basic as waking up each day, go to work, do an sundry of items at the workplace, go home, go to sleep, get up and do the same thing. Of course there are the individuals who work in leisure things and health focuses like reading or working out. Even a few have a weekly round of golf.
There are not many who work into their routine playing business golf. Some have legitimate reasons for not being able to, like their position they hold at work does not allow it or their company has yet found the value of making business golf part of their business plan. However, for the executives and owners of large businesses and the small business owners, business golf should be part of the focus of their routine.
My routine is not a scheduled routine, though I could turn that switch on to schedule my entire year if I needed to, but I prefer for the moment to keep it fluid so I can deal with the people who contact me for help. This is not to say I don’t have a calendar scheduled. Each month I schedule my business golf and my recreational golf.
These are full days for me. Between March to June I map out three rounds of business golf and at least one round of recreational golf each week, but here lately what starts out as recreational golf usually ends as business golf since more and more people are wanting to know more about how to fit it into the way they do business.
From June to September the heat hear forces me I cut it down to an average of two rounds a week, and then September to December i bring it back up to three rounds a week. From December to February, I take a winter break and generally will head out to the deserts of Arizona or Southern California to do both business and recreational golf which again mostly turns into business since I also do Reviews of golf courses as part of what also provide a large number of my clients who are retired business golfers who like to travel.
So that is how I do it..I have a routine.
Now, you ask, when do I find time to blog, raise cain on Twitter, keep up my Facebook page, touch base on LinkedIn and develop the Business Golf Country Club alone with mentoring my clients, consult on business operations and remodeling while being a husband, and grandfather.
AAh, that is where the routine gets fun. I do all of this by managing my time. I take whatever time I have and multitask.
Typical Day for Mr Business Golf
My days are scheduled like most people who are in business. Each day has a primary focus and a secondary goal. The Primary is driven by my business’ mission and the Secondary goal is towards business development
My typical day starts around 5AM. Why? Because the morning is a better work environment than the night. There is more to exactly why the morning is better than the night, but I’ll leave that for another blog.
From the start of my day to when I call it a day around 11PM, the time is filled with jockeying form one duty to another. I will not bore you with how I have each day broken down into work segments focused on Primary and Secondary goals. So, briefly I will say that Business Golf is part of each day. Either I am making contact for playing a round, fielding someone’s contact in wanting to learn more about BG, scheduling a round of BG, playing a round of BG or doing the follow up to BG. All this along with servicing my client’s social media, operational or mentoring needs. Or, I am working on the challenges brought to me from the members of the Business Golf Country Club.
My day usually ends around 11PM, even thought I have signed off the networks around 10PM.
How to Put Golf in Your Work Day
During a normal week I am generally asked how someone can add golf to their seemingly business work day. The answer to this questions is hard to do since I need to know first how they do business. Over 80% of the time they need to make major adjustments in their focus and time management skills to find the time. So far less than 10% of the people who ask me where they can put golf into their business I have not been able to find time in their scheduled, but that is only due to the way their business operations is set up, which I usually give them suggestion on how to improve their operations so time can be found. Still, business golf is not for everyone.
Now I have found business golf works best for most business people when they start taking one day at a month and making it a staff meeting or an employee gathering for a round of business golf. In the businesses where the owner is a one man or women show, I lay out for them how to fit a round of business golf into their business networking.
Each case is different but usually (83% of the time)there is time spent doing something in a person’s business operations that can be changed that generates the time they need to get a round of business golf into their routine.
The key is to develop a routine that includes as much golf as you can manage and stay with it for at least three months. Then evaluate it, change it if need be and then make the change part of the new routine. Within a year you will have Your routine down and you will be playing golf as part of doing business…or should be.
Let me know how I can help.