I have always struggled with my calendar. It’s a monster that I have wrestled and lost.
The challenge was always too many meetings – not enough time. At my last job, I had an admin who managed my calendar but I still drowned in meetings.
I always thought that I will steal some minutes in the day to go do these tasks. You know that meeting from your CEO, your team member – you got to take it! If I didn’t get it done, I will throw a weekend to catch up and catch up I did.
To hell with work life balance!
The real issue is that things just don’t get done with a full calendar and you miss out on the “Aha” of satisfaction at the end of the day. No job well done for you – back to work peasant!
To that point, I recently had an epiphany that my task list was not married to my calendar. Thus, I needed to go fix that egregious habit and actually schedule the results I want into my calendar. I believe it is a best practice!
I now pick the top 3 results for the day/week and explicitly block the hours to go do it. Its working wonders – less stress, more done and I get weekends back.
The peasant is now getting weekends back. Yay!