Setting work boundaries is a challenge. Not because you don’t want them, but because you may only realize one’s been crossed when you’re massively annoyed. Then in hindsight you can see what happened. Here are seven ways to set work boundaries and avoid frustration
You only have so much time in a day and therefore can only serve a defined number of clients. If you sell direct to consumer and don’t know who your clients are, that’s a different story. But service based, business to business companies have to decide whom they want to serve.
It’s a common frustration that a client has gotten so difficult to work with that the business owner wishes they had never engaged with them.
Nearly every time I debrief an assessment with a client and share information about a particular trait that’s been uncovered, I hear something on the order of “Yeah, but everybody feels that way about (fill in the blank.)”
Think about an initiative to grow your business you intend to tackle or perhaps a self-development program you’ve been meaning to start. Could be coming up with a robust marketing plan, writing that book, losing 10 pounds, getting a better job, becoming more active in a social cause, etc.
Got one? Good.
Now, you need to be able to answer this one-word question.
You may be familiar with The Eisenhower Box. (Though it’s often referred to as Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix because many years later he popularized it in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. No mention of Eisenhower in that book. Looks like two smart guys came up with the same smart idea. Nothing …
Micro-scheduling your entire day usually doesn’t work. Life and business are so fluid that in most jobs you need to be nimbler than that. Of course meetings and appointments need to be scheduled on your calendar but there are a few other tasks that stand a much better chance of getting done if you actually block time on your calendar.
There’s a habit in the thinking process that will destroy your best plans to reach your goals. When you have a goal the intention is to go for it 100%. Really commit yourself, right? So when there’s a small lapse or something is preventing you from forging ahead the way you planned, it seems easy to ditch that effort and promise to start again another time.
Being spontaneous is creative, adventurous and fun, right? Not being spontaneous is for rule followers, rigid thinkers and sticks in the mud. Nobody wants to be defined that way!
Many proudly spontaneous folks bristle at the idea of planning. They think that only uptight, Type A sorts plan everything out and that doing so stifles creativity.
Yeah, well. They’re wrong about that.
You probably know these ideas, but knowing them doesn’t necessarily mean we remember to do them, right? Perception is reality. If you want to attract business, collaborate effectively, be comfortable walking into a room of strangers, and get along with people in general, the little behaviors matter quite a bit. Appearing poised and professional instead of anxious and amateurish is as easy as putting these five tips into action.
Often you find yourself with five minutes (or so) between meetings or perhaps while waiting for someone to call you “right back,” or even in the carpool line. It doesn’t seem like it’s enough time to get anything significant done and if you start something you’ll just get interrupted and lose focus so why even start, right? When that happens the default choice is usually to get on your phone and check email or
You’re going on vacation but haven’t settled on a destination.
Should you fill up the car with gas or make airline reservations? Hard to say. Depends on where you’re going. Should you pack swimsuits or sweaters? Who knows — until you know where you’re going. Can you make it a long weekend or should you plan on 7-10 days. Tough to determine that until you know how much time you’ll be spending getting to and from your destination.
It’s impossible to get to your destination and be prepared – if you don’t know where you’re going.
How much more productive could you be if the start and end to your workday were focused and organized?
Set up a quick system that allows you to go on autopilot at these two important times in your workday. Quick Start and Wrap Up Checklists give you a rock solid process to be as efficient as possible. See the sample lists below. The items on these lists are fairly obvious, (yours may be different) but without having these tasks written down
Do you talk to yourself? (Did you just ask yourself that question aloud?) When our son was still little enough to be strapped into a car seat behind me, every once in awhile he’d ask, “Mom, are you talking to me or to yourself?” It didn’t take him long to figure out that his mom …
Meetings can be soul-sucking, mind-numbing exercises in triviality robbing you of quality time to do real, productive work. But whether they are or not, you’re probably not going to be able to get out of them – at least not all of them. Here are a few tips for managing your calendar so meetings don’t …