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I've been working with Arjun for the last 3 years, and he has mastered the art of calendar management.
As you go up the value chain in your organisation, more people want your time. Suddenly, your calendar is full of calls and meetings (even when you are not directly responsible). There are times where you even miss out on your own work, just as I did with sending out the newsletter (got delayed by a day).
So, I thought I'll share a few learnings from me reflecting back on this poor time management, plus what I've learnt from Arjun over the years:
  1. Delegation: Find the right person to do the job for you. See how the work can be speard out within the team. As we say, team work makes the dream work.
  2. Audit your calendar: Start with a weekly schedule, then jump to monthly and eventually try and cover up your quarterly achievables through designated slots.
  3. Say No: I understand that you do not want to upset anyone, but saying no is an art, plus it's important. Also, here are a few templates which can maybe help you out here.
  4. Take time off: Well, you might end up working extra long hours these days just because your laptop is infront of you and everytime you sit down to watch Netflix, you end up watching your inbox. I recommend to put a start and stop work mark on your calendar. There will be a few exceptions but yes, you will feel more productive!
Again, my bad on sending this one late. But I'm glad it made me reflect back on my calendar and share these thougths with you.
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