Setting an Appointment With Yourself
you have trouble getting things done during the day? Try
setting an appointment with yourself. Physically – in
your calendar – block out a certain amount of time (1hour,
2 hours, even 30 minutes). If necessary, set an alarm
to alert you when time is up.
this time, close your door and instruct your staff that
you are not in (even to visitors). Do NOT answer the
phone or process your e-mail. Let the calls go to
voice mail or have someone take a message – with instructions
that you are out of the office and will return at ___o'clock
and will return calls then. Best of all turn off the ringer
on the phone and close down your e-mail program. Then
take this time to work on those projects that require
concentration. Don't do the small tasks that can be fitted
in between other tasks – tackle the big projects.
worry, your business will not fall apart because you are
unavailable for a short while. After all, if you were
actually out of the office your staff couldn't interrupt
you and would have to handle the situation themselves.
Not only will you find yourself accomplishing a great
amount of work you might find you are developing your
employee's decision making skills at the same time.
OF ALL, DON'T CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR MOST IMPORTANT
CUSTOMER OR CLIENT – YOU!