Read a good article this morning on the value of blocking your time ( Work Smart: Avoid Office Distractions With Time Blocking ). I have always been a big advocate of this time management tool and coach all my clients to do the same. If you respond to every email and phone call when it arrives, you will spend all your time reacting to other people’s agenda’s rather than working on your own priorities. If making the change to time blocking is too much of a stretch for you, try blocking part of your day and for the rest of the time, shut off your email, close your web browser, and do not answer the phone.
Life is overwhelming enough as it is. By gaining control over your time, you will immediately experience some relief and a sense of calm. Plus you will get through more of what you want done.