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BLOGWhen you want something done, give it to a busy person…

by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Personal Development, Time managementTagged as: ,

A recently promoted executive confided in me that the pressure of time was increasingly difficult to manage: especially the conflicts between work and home responsibilities. This is a very common issue – not just to the recently promoted, but to most people who are serious about their professional success – and their family. One approach to solving the conundrum is to master your schedule – and not let it master you.

Consider these ideas:

1) Schedule one hour for yourself each day: turn off your Smartphone, Apple Watch, computer, and do something just for yourself. This may mean spending time with your family, playing an instrument, or doing some exercise. This is most effective if it is at the same time each day, so that those around you learn not to disturb you at that time.

2) Schedule one day each week when you do not work. Again, this may mean spending time with your family, playing an instrument, or doing some exercise. The key is to schedule the time, and be strict about it. (Interestingly, in the “olden days”, people used to call this a day of rest.)

3) Schedule at least one week for yourself each year, where you do not work at all. In the olden days, people used to call this a vacation. For myself, I tend to schedule vacations where email and cell-phones don’t reach: hiking through the mountains, touring overseas, etc.

This distance from work – one hour, one day, one week – allows you to do two important things: connect to what’s important to you, and recharge yourself for a successful career.

And what to do with the stuff that “would have been done” in your scheduled time off? Well, if you want something done, give it to a busy person: in this case, yourself.


Give yourself five minutes, and add a recurring meeting for an hour each day and a day each week.  And if you haven’t already done so, schedule your next vacation.

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