Successful People Take Charge Of Their Schedule
Highly successful people stay in charge of their schedule and don’t let it take charge of them.
I believe that success leaves clues, and if we watch what the successful people are doing, we can learn a lot from them.
It doesn’t matter whether they’re in your business or not.
Successful people are successful because of the things they do.
A common problem that many of us face is that we sometimes have a hard time saying no to people.
And then what happens is that we end up with such a crowded schedule that we are not able to get everything done when we need to.
In order to be successful, you need to manage your time appropriately and not overbook yourself so much that you end up without any personal time to work on things that you want to do.
An Over-Crowded Schedule can be an Incredible Hassle.
It can lead to so many problems, both personally and with others.
On the personal side, it can cause you to get stressed out, it can be frustrating, and it’ll leave you without enough time to keep working towards your success.
With others, you’ll be having to disappoint and upset people when you’re unable to put in full effort.
Sometimes you’ll end up having to cancel on some people if their times overlap, leading to someone getting upset.
Although things happen, obviously, that are outside of our control, you can avoid most of the problems by being organized.
Use One Calendar
So, probably the most important thing I can tell you is use one calendar for everything… your business, your personal life and even your family life.
And refer to it often! I live by my calendar!
Having everything on one calendar helps to ensure that you’re not putting too much on one day or overlapping it with something else.
Successful people have a sense of what they need to focus on and accomplish each day.
If you find technology helps you, use a digital calendar. If you prefer pen and paper, use a hardcopy calendar.
Write down your meetings and appointments and the projects you want to complete.
Writing things down and marking them complete – or using a digital to do list – can help you feel more organized and disciplined.
Many people arrive at the office and start their day with the little tasks, like checking their email.
However, our brains are sharpest earlier in the day, so this is the best time to tackle the more creative work that challenges you.
If you don’t get the opportunity to work on your chosen tasks first thing, take matters into your own hands; do the work from home or come into work early.
Make some activities routine, such as doing expense reports in the morning and setting out your clothes in the evening for the next day.
Reserve certain spaces and times for particular tasks, such as reserving your room for sleeping and not working, listening to podcasts on your commute to work or not looking at personal communications while at work.
If, in order to complete a task, you need to remove yourself from others, find a quiet space.
Everyone Works at a Different Pace.
It’s important to understand what you’re capable of accomplishing in a given day.
Also, it’s important that you are not always be comparing yourself to someone else who might be more efficient than you.
Sometimes it’s just a matter of you being naturally slower at working, or you might be a little more methodical or detail oriented.
If you’re cramming your day full of things to do, you’re going to get less done and you’ll burn out faster.
Be Willing to Say No
One of the most important things for you to do to avoid a crowded schedule is to be able to communicate and say no when you need to.
If you have two things on the same day that conflict with one another, see if one of them can be rescheduled due to prior commitments.
More often than not, people are fine with you rescheduling a bit.
Saying no is also a very important skill to learn.
As simple as it may seem, it’s actually very difficult for some people to do.
I struggle with this one too sometimes.
You might not want to let someone down, so you say yes to anyone, but that’s more detrimental for you than it is for anyone else.
Don’t be afraid to tell someone that you can’t help them with something if you truly have other things to focus on.
Now I’d Love to Hear from You
So how about you?
What kinds of things help you stay on track and in charge of your schedule?
What thoughts do you have about what I talked about today?
Please share your thoughts in the comments.
I’ve love to hear them.
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