Block Time- Instead of just noting a 10 a.m. meeting, take the time to block out the whole amount of time the meeting will take. You’ll be blocking out 10 to 12. Seeing your time in chunks will help keep you from overscheduling your day. The more realistic you are with your calendar, the calmer you will be. If you are less stressed, you’ll be able to focus and accomplish more.
Big Project Time- Block out time in your week for focus on big projects to keep them moving along. This focused approach will help you meet deadlines. During the time you’ve set aside, be sure to limit distractions and turn off your phone for a bit.
Me Time- If you are not good at me-time, it is really important for you to use your calendar to keep yourself in balance. Look at your calendar and your to-do list and see what you have scheduled just for you. Stepping away from work and projects refreshes your brain and that break helps to renew your energy. If you don’t have things scheduled then make them happen. Make an appointment or two each week for something for you.
Review- End each week with a review of the coming week’s calendar. This gives you a bit of time to juggle or reschedule if you see something isn’t going to work next week. It also helps form clarity in your mind about what needs to get done in anticipation of next week’s calendar.
Until next time…