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People today expect to be connected always and everywhere; sometimes it’s hard to believe that there was a world before smartphones and Wi-Fi. In the time since Wi-Fi became ubiquitous in hotels, apartments, and public spaces, it has fueled the evolution of connectivity in a lot of ways. Just like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the most basic needs start at the bottom, and you can’t get to the next level without a strong foundation. 

By now, everyone is aware that hotel giant Marriott International announced on Friday a massive data breach that goes back more than four years and may have affected up to 500 million customers worldwide. 

After two years of preparation, the FlyZoo Hotel — a futuristic property that uses interactive technologies to do everything from greet guests to deliver room service — is ready for business. 

Mobile technology is fast becoming central to the entire travel experience. Consumers are increasingly using their smartphones to research trips, book accommodation, check in at the airport, and access their hotel room. But one of the next big roles mobile has to play in the travel process is mobile payment. The idea of an entirely cashless society might still seem some way off, but mobile payment is gaining popularity. As it becomes more widely used, its fast and frictionless nature will bring benefits before, during and after a trip. 

Digital marketing, also known as internet marketing, plays a significant role to boost hotel website traffic and online bookings. Recently, many big announcements were made in the digital industry, for example when Facebook introduced a new video format for marketers, or when Google announced a board core algorithm. If you are a new hotelier and want to stay ahead in the industry, then you should know what’s going on in the hotel digital marketing industry. 
 



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I Don’t Have Time to Read a Productivity Book

01/26/2016
"Too much to do and not enough time."
 
If I had a nickel for every time I heard that phrase I could be on a tropical island right now.

When I felt overwhelmed and needed to get things done, I certainly didn’t have time to read a 300-page book or attend a 3-day seminar on how to "get more done." I needed something that I could comprehend in under an hour and start to use immediately! I needed a 15-minute fix!
 
My solution? PLAN-DO-SHOW. Easy as 1-2-3 in 15 minutes.
Here's what you need:
  1. You
  2. A calendar
  3. 15 minutes
Plan (5 minutes) : Start every day with a 10 meeting with yourself. (Yes, yourself  block the time right now on your calendar.)

In that 10 minutes, take five minutes and look at your agenda that day: What meetings do you have on the books? Calls? How much "work" time do you have left? Make sure you know what your day looks like. Too many of us never set or refer to our agenda: if you don’t plan your time, someone else will!
 
Do (5 minutes): Time is a limited resource. Whether working 8 hours or 18 hours, we have to rest sometime. Once you review your day, take 5 minutes and block that time before someone or something sucks it up!

Don’t leave any free time on your calendar or you know what happens: death by meetings. Block times to check email, read reports, write papers, call clients and do all the action items from all those meetings.

Now, you think I'm crazy and you're saying, "how can I do this? Won't my calendar look crazy? What if someone needs to meet with me urgently?  I'm not psychic, how do I know what will come up in the day?"

 
Remember, all calendar programs allow you make times as either "free" or "busy"  you decide how to label it. For me, I like to keep those time blocks as "free" so people know I am available by phone or walk in, but I get the advantage of alerts and reassuring myself that I have to get done.
 
Show (5 minutes): Take 5 minutes at the end of your day and show yourself what you did. Review the calendar agenda. Did you get it all done? Or did the day go crazy and you got nothing done as planned? It's all okay — move those things to tomorrow if they didn’t get done.
 
It is possible to use and thrive with this method but one size does not fit all. No one "thing" will ever solve the old issue of "too much to do and not enough time." Solutions are like the people who use them — special and unique. Hopefully, this small 15-minute trick will help you get more control on your day and achieve more!
About The Author
Chuck Coveleski
CEO and Lead Consultant
Soluna Solutions, Inc.


Chuck Coveleski is the CEO and lead consultant for Soluna Solutions, Inc. Soluna Solutions provides strategic business management that revolves around success.
It is inspired by the Balance of Business™ and specializes in:
  • Leadership and organizational development
  • Strategic planning
  • Sales strategy and technology

 
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