May 6, 2016
Top Together Leader Takeaway Tip 1: Lists are Limitless, Calendars Force Constraints
Together Leaders, the time has come for me to share all I’ve learned while interviewing tons of folks for the new book. Thus, a new series of short posts on my Top Together Leader Takeaway Tips. Enjoy!
Almost all leaders lead a teeny-tiny bit more with their calendars than their To-Do lists. You can make lists until the cows come home, but calendars force you to lock things down. Whether you’re a “what” person or a “when” person, plotting items directly into your calendar imposes a dose of realism that lists do not. Using your calendar may help you realize that certain To-Dos require more mental focus or cognitive bandwidth, or need to be completed at a particular time or place. Here’s how Molly, a leader at an anti-poverty nonprofit, got very clear and specific with herself on an Amtrak ride!
Together Takeaway: Even if you’re not ready to make your calendar all To-Do-y, take a couple of large blocks of time and break them down by task.
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