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Sebastian has a low-tech trick for keeping meetings on track: He leaves his smartphone behind in favour of a single notecard. “I’ve got notes I’ve prepared, and then I’ll use the back for action items,” says Sebastian, who files the cards for future reference. “With one piece of paper, you can’t take a million notes. It keeps you very focused,” he says. Though he admits to carrying a few extra cards, “just in case we’re doing really good stuff...or really bad stuff.”
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Sebastian keeps his three-month calendar written in pencil on a separate card. “It allows me to think. I’ve obviously got plans for Canada over the next two years, but this is the right amount of time to plan ahead,” he says. The calendar also helps him get a high-level perspective of what his schedule will look like before setting up new meetings. “I still use my calendar intensely on my laptop, but when I’m with a customer, I can quickly open this up and say, ‘Yeah, December looks decent,” he says.
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