Ask Jeff – August 2011

Jeff Doubek, Day-Timer SpokespersonWe continue to ask readers to send comments and questions about planning, productivity and time management, to Jeff Doubek, Brand Spokesperson. Your response has been fantastic. Here is an answer to a user question that might be of interest.

Dear Jeff,

How can you practice good time management when your boss is the problem? My boss reminds me of the cartoon character Taz. Everywhere he goes he leaves a cloud of dust from the disruption and chaos he causes. I can walk in with a planned day and by the time he leaves the plan has been totally annihilated. What can I do other than find another job? — LS

Hi LS,

I am so glad you asked this question because I think there are a lot of people who feel their time is affected by a boss, a co-worker, or a loved one.

Remember, in the cartoons Taz is always outsmarted by a clever Bugs Bunny like you who can rise above the chaos. What this means is this… you have to take steps to anticipate his moves:

-         Create routines that will assist his organization, like a deliberate filing system that can be used by those in a rush

-         Schedule a 15-minute “slow-down” meeting each week to discuss daily urgencies and make action plans

-         Communicate your plans better – set boundaries by explaining that you need your time to manage the priorities he hired you to accomplish

I think your best bet is to sense his predictably chaotic patterns and modify your daily plan based on the methods to his madness.

Of course, these are just a few generic examples to try. If you email me with more specific examples I am always happy to help.

Enjoy your time — Jeff