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No one can or should be on 24/7. Yet you probably feel you are--because you allow yourself to be.
Set some boundaries: the time you'll stop working, certain times you'll do things with your family, certain times you won't take calls, etc. Then let people know those boundaries.
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We all work differently. Some like to hit the ground running. Others like to start the day by reflecting, meditating, and thinking. Some like to work into the night.
If you're a leader you naturally impact other people. You set a direction. You set a standard.
Ask, Is this really necessary? Do you need to have that meeting? In many cases, you don't, but you do anyway simply because that's what you've always done.
Research shows people tend to make their best decisions when they have an opportunity to review the data and facts and then focus their thought on something else for a while.
Sometimes the answer to "Is this really necessary?" is "Yes, but not right now." What is the most important thing you need to do today?
People who are always "in the moment" don't look ahead and make plans to pursue their goals and dreams.
There are things you need to do every day, much of what you think you need to do isn't particularly important--especially where your long-term goals are concerned.
Most people are distracted over 30 times an hour: phone calls, emails, texts, office drop-ins... The list is endless.
What are your priorities for the month? The week? Today? Determine what they are and do those things first.
Sometimes you simply need to say no. Other times you can say, "No, unless..." and add stipulations. The same is true with yes: Saying, "Yes, but only if..." creates guidelines.
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