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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 162 IDEA: Plan “In” Days and “Out” Days

As my business flourished and life became more demanding, I really needed a way to structure my weekly schedule.

I came up with this great idea when I was working out of my home office in Sun Valley, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Because L.A. traffic is such a nightmare, trying to make it to one meeting across the city meant I would be out most of the day.

About five years ago, we moved to Sharon, Vermont, from New York. We live in a former summer camp on 440 acres located about 15 to 20 miles from civilization, if you consider Hanover, New Hampshire, civilization. Similar to Los Angeles, you need several hours to get to and from an appointment.

To maximize productivity, I schedule “in” days ...

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