Steps to Management Success – Step 20: Tomorrow Is Another Day

Written By Rick Frishman Published March 31st, 2010

STEP TWENTY

Tomorrow Is Another Day

Just as a well-run business follows a budget in spending money, an effective businessperson should also follow a budget in spending time. In the real world, most things take longer than planned, and there are always unanticipated “fires,” small or otherwise, to handle. Overbooking yourself isn’t just impractical, it can boost your stress into the red zone.

WHAT IT MEANS: Working with a realistic schedule is much more productive than you might think. Chances are, you’ll be less frazzled, tense, and rushed. Besides, who wants to begin each day feeling that the clock is already against him? Success in business is more of a marathon—not a sprint.

This is particularly important for entrepreneurs, who tend to juggle a lot of hats—and often let their focus become diverted to the crisis of the moment. That may be very dramatic, but it’s just not a very good way to allocate your time. The one thing in business that you can always expect is the unexpected—so why not plan for it?

ACTION PLAN: Think of your schedule as a container into which you need to fit a limited number of objects—you’ll become more selective about what you put in. If you visualize that way, you’ll fill your days more efficiently.

EVEN BETTER: Leave some breathing room for relaxing and thinking, and for a buffer in case something comes up unexpectedly. Of course, there are inevitably going to be some days when your schedule runs you—but try to keep those days to an absolute minimum.

(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)


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