Since we think about time, we need to manage our thoughts! Now this is a huge topic and I could devote a book to it, but I’m instead going to offer just a trio of quick tips:• Know Your Most Productive Time – Design your day to take advantage of your personally best productive time. If you are great in the morning, block that time for complex and creative tasks requiring focus. I make 6am-10am my peak creative time. If you come to life in the afternoon block your schedule to correspond. Don’t waste those hours on useless email, phone call catch up and meetings that won’t truly benefit from your ultimate concentration. What can you do today to take advantage of your peak productive times?
• Know Your Best Social Time – Design your day to maximize your social and business interaction skills. Everyone has different times of day they enjoy being social, a few enjoy it all the time. I know that I’m not great at being social or interacting in business until after 10am and that I fade as the day wears on so I schedule client meetings and calls between 10 and 2pm typically. What can you do to ensure that you schedule business interactions during your best social hours?
• Block Time for You – Design your day to honor yourself not just take care of everyone else. My home work out is on my calendar just like any other commitment, this one is with myself. I’ve found that I can do this with a lunch break (instead of skipping it and being famished at 3pm!), and even with essential time to catch up on industry reading. What can you schedule to honor yourself, your interests, and support your career?
Yes, there are exceptions to every schedule and there will be times that you’ll have to suck it up and just get the energy and the focus regardless of the hour. But how much more effective can you be if you honor your personal bests by design?
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