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TIME TESTED TIPS
It's nice to be needed and respected as a confidante, but when too many people stop by for advice and a friendly chat it can become overwhelming. When this type of visitation interrupts you so often that you never have more than ten minutes to do your job, it's time to think through your day. It's not rude or unfriendly to set limits on such visits – it's just being fair to "you" and might even help the other person's use of their time.
So, the next time Sally stops by or calls, politely tell her that you're under a deadline and could you set up a time to meet or talk after you've finished what really need to be done at that time. I realize that there are times when someone may have immediate need of your time and attention, but most interruptions can be flexible to your time needs. And, when you've postponed the get together don't feel guilty about it.
Guilt can be a real time a waster. Sure, there are times when we are guilty of forgetting something or failing to follow-up as you'd meant to – don't stew about it. We all botch something on occasion. The most important part is that we learn from it, make the necessary personal changes and move on. You'll be okay and you need to look after yourself at times.
An overly busy calendar can leave you drained and overloaded. It might be time to schedule some "you" time. If you don't want to get out of bed in the morning because there are too many things to do, it may be time to take a closer look at your life and see what's out of kilter.
Interrupt your own schedule with some private time, a daily walk, a chat with an old friend, cleaning out your desk, or maybe even just "thinking" time. Sometimes taking some time for you makes it easier to take time for others.
posted on: 7/1/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.