When keeping a calendar isn't enough, sometimes you have to get tough with yourself to stay on schedule. Expert tips on making more of your day from women's leadership training company LeadershipGold4Women.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 29, 2012
Women today balance a lot of priorities: work, home, family, community involvement. It's tough out there for a woman! Perhaps the hardest part is making time for it all. And LeadershipGold4Women, a women's leadership training company, has five great tricks for keeping it all in line.
Tip #1: Mentally unload your to-do on paper.
When you feel overwhelmed, take a minute to write down literally everything you have to get done, for both your personal and professional life. This will help you achieve two things. first, by acknowledging that both facets of your life require your attention, you can relieve the pressure of feeling like you have to hide one from the other. Second, it helps you physically see how much you're balancing, and consequently how much isn't getting finished.
Tip #2: Prioritize realistically.
In women's leadership training, we remind women constantly that the capacity to accomplish does have one simple limitation: the number of hours in the day. You can't function sustainably if you think you can do everything today. Take your list, and categorize it into three areas: what must get done by a hard deadline, what must get done at some point, and what can wait until the important stuff is finished. Then...
Tip #3: Keep it all in an anywhere/any time planner.
For most people, this is their phone. But some do better with a notepad, or a binder, or a laptop. Whatever the case may be, use a system that not only works for you, but that you can access any time. This will keep you on track, focused, and constantly achieving your goals.
Tip #4: Challenge your challengers.
Learning how to challenge someone or something that interrupts your schedule is very difficult, but necessary. At our women's leadership training events, we teach women to communicate their needs before a conflict can interrupt. For example, if a friendly coworker stops by to chat casually, but you are scheduled to be working on a project, speak up! Ask if you can speak another time, or if you could catch up with her via e-mail, and explain it's not personal, it's just very important that you finish your work first.
Tip #5: Say, "No," and mean it.
Your have planned your week to a "T," and your boss asks you to drop everything to sit in on a meeting and take notes. But you know that by the end of the day, you have to finish a report for him, and you've allotted the next two hours to be working on that report. Say no! Tell him you'd love to help, but that his earlier request for that report will require your focus during that meeting, and you don't want to fail to meet his expectations.
Need more tips for how to make it all work? Contact LeadershipGold4Women to learn more.
LeadershipGold4Women is a Dallas-based national company that provides customized women's leadership training for women. The company was founded on the principle that coaching is an honor not to be taken lightly, and that core value has poured the foundation for a corporate culture of empowering women as leaders. A portion of LG4W's proceeds are donated to nonprofit organizations that benefit women. For more information, contact:
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