| -- May 30, 2004
This Memorial Day we acknowledge the contributions of all those heroic people who contributed their blood, sweat and tears to ensure that we can continue to enjoy the great American lifestyle we're prone to take for granted. So many gave their lives. Many more lost limbs. Others suffered devastating psychological wounds that will never heal. Yet, many others contributed. They are those who attended to countless mundane day-to-day tasks silently and without fanfare. And, they are the families of those who labored tirelessly on our behalf. To each and every one, whether they've earned a bronze star or not, Thank You!!
ADJUSTING SEASONAL SCHEDULE NOW?
The holiday heralds a return to a more casual lifestyle. But it calls us to re-evaluate how we manage our time and energy. Summer schedules at many companies allow workers to enjoy longer leisure hours. Some start and end the workday an hour earlier, some enjoy shorter workday schedules and others leave the office mid-day on Fridays. Are you looking for ways to make your time management more productive? Here are some thoughts:
1. Schedule personal development, family commitments, continuing education, R&R, hobbies, spirituality, travel, special interests and such FIRST! All the rest doesn't make much sense if we lose touch with our personal priorities.
2. When scheduling, allow for emergencies. They do happen. But keep a pro-active mind-set when arranging your schedule. Customers do understand the need to set appointments.
3. Does working with people in vastly different time zones keep you working longer? Perhaps shifting office hours will help alleviate that feeling of being constantly "on".
4. Networking is critical. Schedule it, just as you schedule other business commitments. (A tip: if you're like most of us, you may be overwhelmed by dozens of overlapping meetings. To avoid stress, simply note your options. When the time comes, go to the meeting that promises to be the most productive use of your time.)
5. Marketing is on-going. Too many put off marketing. Don't do it! Have a plan and stick with it to avoid extreme peaks and valleys in your productivity and cash flow. ============================================
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