Schedule some deep thinking time, or spend time thinking about how to fix your lack of foresight.

17 07 2015

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” ~ Stephen Covey

Too often many of us come into work and become slaves to our in-box and calendar.  We get so bogged down with replying to e-mails, and making those meetings to talk about what happened that we forget that there’s a STRATEGIC PLAN that doesn’t ask for time on your calendar.  It also doesn’t send you e-mail reminders to be sure that you have your eyes focused on long term strategies versus the tactical, reactionary work that our days demand.

How do you ensure that you aren’t just always reacting to something that pops up in your in-box?  Use the very same tools that are conspiring against your success!  Put recurring meetings on your calendar to block out time to deal with those things that are most important to the success of your team and your career.  If someone else needs your time, they’ll have to work around those blocks of  “deep thinking” that you’re setting aside for getting the real JOB done.   My calendar trick may be a little rude to those who want to have important meetings about stuff that already happened, but you’ll all have to deal with it, because if we don’t set aside time to think about the future, then in the future, we’ll be having meetings about the bad stuff that happened, because we didn’t think about how to avoid it.

Speaking of keys…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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