You've followed all the "rules" about planning your day and work hard to keep it on track. But no matter what you do, it seems like every day turns out the same -- you're there for ten hours, gobble down lunch at your desk and complete five (or none!) of the twenty items on your to do list. It can be depressing. In the long term it will wear on you and and make you less effective overall.
Not only do you have to get your work done, you have to ensure that your team is on track to achieve its goals. Between task and team member interruptions -- not to mention those unexpected calls from the boss -- your work day can be a very hectic one.
Before you go any further, take some time to assess what's going right and what's going wrong with your day. You can't fix what you don't know, so the best thing to do is find out. Here's how:
"Before you go any further, take some time to assess what's going right and what's going wrong with your day."
The key is to modify your schedule according to what's happening in your day so you can be more productive. Pay close attention to the things that are derailing your schedule and adjust accordingly. It will help your work life be a whole lot more satisfying and less stressful.
What do you think? How do you manage things that derail your day?