With the holiday season upon us, I thought it would be beneficial to share with you, over the next week, a daily time management tip you can integrate immediately into your self management strategy that will help keep the chaos and overwhelm at bay, stay true to your priorities, get your work done and still have time to enjoy you life as well as the holiday season the way it is intended.
Here’s the second time management tip that will enable you to take charge of your day as well as take control over your life and career.
2. Plan For The Unplanned
There are essentially three reasons why we find it so challenging to adhere to our schedule or complete our to-do list:
1. Not being realistic with our timeline and as a result, have too many activities scheduled into our day.
2. Not engaging in right activities that support our goals or objectives.
3. Not planning for the unplanned. Also known as, “Externalities.”
These externalities or things that we don’t necessarily plan for often go unnoticed and fly under our radar screen when attempting to map out our week. They have tendency to eat up our days. These externalities can also take on the form of errands or household chores, the kids’ carpool, time on the phone, traffic, a doctor’s appointment, a project or proposal that you’re now responsible for which has a rapidly approaching deadline, a conversation with a co-worker, television, web surfing, meetings, emails, solitaire, etc. Many of these things come along and blindside us because they’re outside of our direct line of vision. Then we wonder why we’re often unable to finish everything that’s on our plate for the day.
Now, since we don’t have a crystal ball to inform us about the imminent things that would unknowingly consume part of our day, imagine if you were actually able to plan for these things; these same tasks that often go left unplanned.
Tip From The Coach: Distractions are events that you are not planning for. Plan for them.