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March 27, 2010

Schedule Time For YOUR Priorities

Do you ever find it hard to get the things done that you want to do?  Do you allow others to control your calendar?

People often have a hard time blocking out time for the things that they want and have to do.  They feel they have to be available to everyone at every time and don’t protect their blocks of time.  They tend to attract the “office visitor” – those that drop by just to say “Hi” and catch up on the latest TV show, office gossip or family updates.   It doesn’t matter how well you prioritize your tasks if you don’t schedule and dedicate the appropriate amount of time to get them done.  When you block out specific time slots to complete your tasks you’ll:

  1. Start having a realistic view on how much you can actually get done in a given period of time.
  2. Minimize distractions and interruptions.
  3. Reduce stress by actually getting done what you wanted to do.
  4. Stop overloading your work day.
  5. Empower others to stop relying on you by eliminating the perception that you are always available.

When you gain control over your schedule, start building in flex time to allow for unexpected interruptions and emergencies.  When you do this, you’ll be able to make adjustments to both your time lines and goals.  Stop feeling like you always have to be available.  Think of times when you aren’t at your desk – in a meeting, at a doctor’s appointment, at your children’s school activity – when you returned to work, I imagine it was still there. 

You make appointments and schedule meetings with others, why not make one with yourself?

Have a positively productive week!

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