Manage your expectations

We all need uninterrupted work time every day, regardless of our role. Unbroken work makes us more motivated and focused. Yet uninterrupted calendar blocks are hard to design into a schedule.

We can't productively attend to meeting-heavy days while also spending hours on uninterrupted work time. We need to manage our expectations about what we can accomplish.

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Accomplishing all your goals without burning out is a skill.

  • Know your internal clock. Your energy levels will change throughout the day. Schedule your focused work for when your energy peaks.
  • Chunk your time. Set time aside for uninterrupted focus time.
  • Get off the grid. Set work apps on Do Not Disturb outside work hours.
  • Rely on peers for accountability.
  • Reflect. At the end of each workday, observe how you spent your time and what you accomplished.

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  • Build a habit. Identify what you need to do to reach your goals. Practise those steps daily.
  • Communicate. Share your intention with your team, so they know when you're available.
  • Assess your work environment. Your teammates have equally important energy management needs. Design your work to meet your expectations and your colleagues' expectations of you.

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