Archive for November, 2012

Schedule your priorities – in advance!

Posted in Balance, Leadership, Management, Planning, Self-management, Teamwork, Time management, Time management/Self-management on November 18, 2012 by Chuc Barnes

When working with an audience last week, an attendee said, “I keep prioritizing my schedule, yet new items keep showing up. What can I do to make it easier to squeeze the new items into my days?”

This is a typical concern for nearly everyone. If this is a concern for you, my suggestion is this:

Rather than continuing to prioritize your schedules, begin to schedule your priorities (in advance). Weekly schedules are best because you can then be certain that your weekly schedules include personal and professional priorities.

When you schedule priorities in advance (weekly), you’re making commitments to your known priorities by setting aside time to accomplish them. Thus, when new items appear, you can more easily determine the importance of the new items, compared to the importance of the priorities you have scheduled.

If the new items that show up are important to you, schedule them around your already scheduled priorities. If they aren’t as important as the priorities you have scheduled, you can more easily say “no” to them – or perhaps schedule them for a later time — because they conflict with the priorities you’ve already scheduled on your calendar.

Note: If you could see my face right now, you’d see that I am smiling. My smile is here because this week I was asked the question that’s written in the opening line of this post—and I wrote the above four paragraph answer in this blog in 2009. I’m telling you this now because I want you to know that the above answer will help you today—just as it helped people 3 and ½ years ago.

Conclusion: Schedule our priorities in advance (weekly).

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Here are the steps to take to reach your 2012 dream.

Posted in Balance, Leadership, Management, Organize, Planning, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on November 5, 2012 by Chuc Barnes

Only 2 months remain until 2012 ends so:

1) Clarify your vision for the balance of the year (Write it down.)
2) List 3 tasks necessary to reach your vision. (Specify these clearly.)
3) Schedule the three tasks in this week’s plan (Include time required for each.)
4) Make sure any papers you need for the 3 tasks are readily available (Organized & not piled in front of you).
5) Proceed with each task, completing them one by one.

These 5 steps will help you move forward towards your year-end dream.

Go for it.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?