“Where Did the Day Go!?”

I used to consider myself a pretty organized person.  For those of you who are familiar with Emergenetics, I am primarily “green”–actually primarily is an understatement , I am over 51% green.  If you are not familiar with my color coding green stands for: Structural–I like precision, practicality and processes, a detailed organized plan is important for me–I like the idea of developing a concrete solution and meeting a clear objective.  I am a planner, an organizer–which means I am list maker and I like to stick to it. Hey, they don’t call me Anal Amy for nothing.

Overwhelmed

I can definitely relate...in fact you could just paste my picture right on her face!

Lately, I feel like I am missing my green and it is making me blue..boo hoo!  I frequently find myself asking “where did this day go” as 5:00p.m. rolls around.  I start my day off with great intentions but by 9:00am the emails are rolling in, the phone is ringing and my “to-do list” just keeps growing without scratching off any of the previous items. 

Instead of making a call to “whine 1-1″ I have decided to be pro-active and resort to what I do best…making a list… here are my plans to better stay on track during the work day:

 

Step 1: Put all your tasks in your calendar. Need to write a monthly report? Block off the time needed in your calendar. Need to research new business prospects? Schedule that time each week. By committing tasks to our calendar, we’re more likely to see them as true appointments that can’t be rescheduled or skipped.

Step 2:One of the best ways is to eliminate – or at least minimize – your distractions. That means turning off the cell phone, shutting down e-mail and logging off Facebook. Even if you just take a quick look at the latest e-mail message, it’s still eating into your productive time.

Step 3: Close your door. If you happen to have an office with a door, shut it for an hour or two each day to minimize interruptions. No door? Remember college professors and their “office hours?” Try a similar technique in which your staff or colleagues know you’re available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. but for the rest of the day you don’t want to be disturbed unless it’s urgent.

Step 4: Pick two or three items on your to-do list that can be done quickly and knock them out first thing in the morning. That way you have a sense of accomplishment and will feel energized about the rest of the day.

Step 5: Recharge your batteries. It can be tempting to take your work home in an effort to catch up, but not taking a break can make it even harder to concentrate. Give yourself some time to unwind and chances are you’ll be able to tackle your tasks faster.

Looking for more ideas to add time to your day? Check out this article from the Harvard Business Review, including tips like asking those around you ways we might be wasting time that we do not notice in ourselves.

I’d like to hear from you–how do you stay productive and avoid distractions and interruptions at bay?


(Video) Mike Gaymon CCLD Testimonial — Designing the Future

“It is not by accident that we end up where we are. It is by design.”

The Cunningham Center for Leadership Development (CCLD) at Columbus State University are all about designing the future and The Chamber is proud to be a part, in a small way helping to support this great organization.

To learn more about the CCLD @ CSU and all that they do, visit: http://ccld.colstate.edu/

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Reasons You Should Be Concerned About the Chronic Homeless in ColumbusGA

The reasons are:

 This group consumes a disproportionate amount of costly resources: 10% of the homeless population consumes over 50% of the resources. www.usich.gov

Chronic homelessness has a visible impact on your community’s safety and attractiveness

Effective new technologies exist to engage and house this population

Addressing the needs of this group will free up resources for other homeless groups, including youth & famillies

This group is in great need of assisitance & social services

It is a finite problem that can be fixed

The Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce has been the driving force in developing a task force to create a 10-year plan to address the homeless plight in ColumbusGa. City Manager, Isaiah Hugley, solicted the help of the Cunningham Center for Leadership to be the facilitator of the task force. After 18 months,    The 10 Year Plan to Eradicate Homelessness was unanimously adopted by the ColumbusGA City Council at the December 14, 2010 meeting.  To review the plan go to http://ccld.colstate.edu/pdf/3rd_Draft-10_Year_Homelessness_Plan.pdf

Why is this important to our city?  The ColumbusGA Homeless Task Force says it like this:

 Homelessness is costly.

It takes a huge toll on people’s lives.

It is far less expensive to provide housing than it is to provide emergency response services.

And it’s far more humane.

What do you think? Can we really eradicate homelessness in ColumbusGA?


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