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It’s obvious “more discipline” isn’t the problem or the solution! And “trying harder” to build this habit isn’t the solution.
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BUT … switching the time of day is! You see, keeping up with a new system for weeks wouldn’t work if the system was flawed!
So, the next week, Mary aimed to process emails first thing in the morning. Yes, I know, many time management gurus advise against this, however because she is a bit of a slow starter in the morning, being able to ease into her day while the office is still quiet works best for her.
When we got back together to assess Mary’s progress she was a little more optimistic! On 3 of the 5 working days, she was able to devote the first hour of her day to processing her email, however she was still frustrated because on the other two days, she was often interrupted during this dedicated time.
On the three days she was able to manage emails, she was in the office at 7:30am and could devote herself to quietly working through her inbox for an hour. On the two days she struggled, she had morning meetings and didn’t arrive in her office until 9 am. By this time, the office was hopping, people needed her attention, and she struggled to “force herself” to do email.
So we easily fine-tuned the new process. In the following week Mary scheduled email time for 7:30am whenever she could be in the office by that time, but on the days her schedule wasn’t conducive to this plan, she scheduled two 30-minute blocks throughout the day.
She knew that the first block could not be immediately when she returned to the office, as co-workers and clients typically took precedence during this time, and the second block could not be the end of the day as this was when she was finishing up last minute requests for clients.
AND … success!!!
So stop and think about this in your own work life. Where do you blame yourself for seeming shortcomings, when a simple planning adjustment could solve the problem? Share your ideas below!
If you find yourself often in Mary’s position, why continue to blame yourself? Get some outside help! With a little coaching, you can make the kind of simple changes Mary did and create more success in your life. Schedule a complimentary Discovery Session today!
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