We began the Tuesday Readings for 2015 with a focus on being intentional, and followed that with an essay on practices and then, last week, on the art of saying “no.” Today we want to take a next step and turn to your calendar and being intentional about it. It’s been noted that you have a choice – either you control your calendar or your calendar controls you. I fear that too often it’s the later when really it should be the former. You really need to control your calendar to be an effective leader and be intentional about how you use your time.
Almost everyone I run into bemoans their busyness, the large number of To Do’s that are in front of them, and the seeming inability to make headway in reducing the length of the list. Author and consultant David Allen suggests that the typical mid-level manager, at any one time, spanning all aspects of his or her life, has 40 – 70 projects (a project being anything that takes more than one step to finish) and 150 – 200 next action steps. (As an aside, you really do have to have a system – beyond your brain – to manage all this or else items will always get lost.)
Today’s Tuesday Reading is an essay by Jim Dezieck, Leadership Coach at MOR Associates. In the essay, Jim focuses on developing new practices. As I indicated in last week’s Tuesday Reading, building new practices is one step in becoming more intentional.
Happy New Year!
At the beginning of each new year, many individuals, particularly Americans, develop New Year’s Resolutions for themselves. Doing this is neither new nor all that unique. Babylonians made resolutions 2500 years ago, and since then, everyone has followed.