When you’re in “putting out fires mode” you get so bogged down by crisis tasks that the important big picture is all but lost from your time choices.
Here are 5 easy ways to stop putting out fires and start managing your time better:
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- Adopt positive planning habits — better planning will prevent a lot of the “fires” in your day, so discipline yourself to keeping track of appointments and recording notes in a dedicated daily planner
- Spend 5 minutes each morning setting priorities for tasks and activities — when crisis calls, measure it against your important priorities
- Consider alternate responses, such as tag-teaming the crises with a family member
- Be proactive and create routine fixes for commonly occurring crises, such as delegating last-second errands to a co-worker
- Let go of the idea of being the constant “hero.” Quite often people put themselves in “putting out fires” mode because it makes them feel useful. Remember that other work suffers when you don’t follow priorities
Let’s face facts, it’s more than difficult to pursue your goals when you’re busy chasing down a lost shipment or dropping off a forgotten school lunch… it’s impossible. Make a stand to protect your time today.
Please answer this: How do you keep from putting out fires all day?
|Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org|