How To Protect Your Calendar?
Do you have a “YES” problem?
Do you say yes to anyone and everything? Any time someone invites you to do something you immediately say yes? I understand you. I’ve been there, done that.
Today’s tip for life is about HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CALENDAR and learn how to set boundaries to the things that aren’t a priority in our lives.
For a long time, I thought I was smart using my cute blue agenda (which I carry everywhere I go), but I recently discovered I wasn’t being smart and proactive enough with the time I got. You know, we all have the same amount of time each day, but some people don’t use it proactively.
I’ll share with you 5 easy steps to protect your calendar and your time. These steps are very understandable and you start implementing them today.
1. DETERMINE YOUR PRIORITIES.
When I started to implement these steps, I took a piece and I started writing down what I thought where my “priorities”. I started very proudly writing:
1. God, 2. Marriage, 3. Family, 4. Friends, 5. My business. But what I discovered is that I had it backwards and that my business was consuming all the time and energy from me.
That’s when I decided to reprogram everything and give every important item on my list the time each one deserved.
My priorities are:
Your priorities can be different, but this can be a starting point if you want. Now, is your turn to determine your priorities. Get a piece of paper and write down what your priorities are.
2. PUT THOSE PRIORITIES ON YOUR CALENDAR.
Now, that you know your priorities is time to put them on your calendar.
For example, you know my number 1 priority is God. So, I intentionally put go to church every weekend, read God’s word every day, and praise God in my car while I’m driving somewhere. This has to be intentional.
It’s the same day for Marriage. Gustavo and I determined to have a date night every month, and spend quality of time at night talking and listening to each other’s day or ideas.
The time won’t appear magically. Remember this: If you don’t tell your time where to go, you’ll wonder where it went. (wink).
3. WHAT TIME OF PERSON YOU ARE.
This is the fun part of this challenge. You know that there are INTROVERTS and EXTROVERTS. I think of myself a little bit of both.
It’s key to know who you’re, because this will guarantee that you’ll succeed on this.
What I mean is that if you’re an extrovert, you’ll have to put limits to every invitation you get, and if you are an introvert you’ll have to push yourself a little bit, to have quality of time with your loved ones.
4. LEAVE “FREE SPACE” IN YOUR CALENDAR.
When you’re setting your calendar, please leave free space in it every week. This free space can be used for emergencies, for time for yourself (even tough you have to put that on your calendar, maybe your pregnant friend has her baby and you want to go to the hospital and surprise her.
You can use this time for you or to do something for others.
5. LEARN TO SAY “NO”
I’m one of those people who is difficult to say no to any favor, invitation or anything. If we want to protect our time and our calendars, we must have to learn to say No when we get asked to do something.
If it’s extremely difficult for you (like it is for me), you can say something like this: Imagine your friend is asking you to go to a cabin in December. You can say something like: “That’s exciting! I’d love to go. I just need to check with (spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, budget) to see if we can go or afford that expense.”
Easy peasy. You didn’t say no immediately. You said, I’ll check in my calendar and finances if we can do it or not.
These are the 5 steps to protect your calendar. I hope you find this useful and you start implementing them today. Friend, it’s all about Turtle Steps. Remember, Turtle Steps (wink).
I’d love to know in the comments below, if this was useful for you. Please, feel free to share with family and friends.
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