HOW TO AVOID SELF-INFLICTED DELAY
Be realistic. Many time eaters are not under your control:
“One of these days is none of these days!”
—OLD ENGLISH PROVERB
|•||A command attendance at your boss's daughter's graduation|
|•||Your best customer's expressed desire to see a Broadway show|
|•||A surprise audit appointment with the IRS|
Better heed all three. The greater good is at stake.
Do command performances play hob with your time management plans? Yes. But viewed in the context of priority-activated decisions, each qualifies superbly. (To test: Askyourself, “What will happen if I don't?” You'll get a fast answer.)
So your overall priority sense bids you heed some surprises from outside. On the other hand, other time wasters are self-inflicted. Anytime you cause your own delay you are trashing your own time and need to look for solutions.
Solutions for self-flagellation do exist. Take the problems in turn.
The effective manager welcomes decision making: the basic stuff, the protoplasm, of management. Decisions are what you're paid to make. In each case,