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Some people are like whirlpools. They spend most of their time going in circles, accomplishing little, complaining much and trying to drag others down by sucking them into their problems and their inefficient constructs. You can almost hear the sucking sound as they come to you again to help them out of another jam.
The best way to keep from getting drawn in and dragged down is to know where (or if) their concerns fit in your day. Too often, other people's urgent and important (Quadrant I) problems upset our day when we fail to have a plan for our own time.
Much has been written about effective "time management." All of the planning, workbooks, courses, etc, come down to one critical element: The discipline to stick to your plan and execute. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my learning of Stephen Covey's Seven Habits and will get more into the nuts and bolts of how they have worked for me and can work for you.
If you can sit down at least once a week and plan the following week, you will go a long way towards avoiding the maelstrom created by everyone else's Quadrant One crises. By engaging in the discipline of laying out a structure for your week, you will have more control over your time and will be less likely to get drawn in and dragged down.
More to come, so stay tuned!