Weekends for many have become catch-up time for all those weekly things you didn’t have time to finish stuff. Sound familiar?
Yet how many times does this catch-up time becomes truly red much like ketchup. The emotions overtake logic. Hands go up in frustration and sometimes in despair. At the end of Sunday night you are exhausted and wondering where did the time go?
Imagine for a moment what would happen if twice each day, you would look at your calendar, your schedule for less than 30 minutes. Review in the morning in 5-10 minutes what needs to be accomplished that day. Make sure you have entered all of your commitments including travel times.
Then before you leave your office, you take another 10-20 minutes to not only look to the next day, but to reflect upon what happened in the last 8-10 hours.
What went well today?’
What could have gone better?
Did you accomplish those “Must Do” tasks where you gave your word?
Did you achieve any short or long terms goals based upon your goals in progress summary?
How many people did you support or help?
How many people did you fail to support or help?
Were your behaviors respectful and reflected a high degree of emotionally intelligent leadership?
What can you do better tomorrow?
Who must you reach out tomorrow that you may have slighted today?
Possibly you may be thinking, I don’t have time for all of these questions? Yet upon further reflection you probably sometime in the past had the answers to these questions, momentarily because your day went well or went poorly. Possibly these thoughts were repetitive because of internal emotional angst for not getting something done?
By consistently demonstrating this behavior of investing time to avoid “catch up time,” you may avoid ketchup time.
P.S. A word to the wise, time management is an oxymoron. No one can manage a constant. What you can do, is better manage yourself. This self-management is what is call self-leadership.
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