Time Management for High Performers
Feeling burned out?
Your job will take as much as you give it. No one can burn you out without your permission. Here are a few tips for time management for high performers:
- Add a 1-2 hour Friday weekly disconnect to your calendar for value-added tasks (status reports, networking, training, etc.)
- Add personal events (30 minute walk, school pickup/drop-off, etc) to your calendar and refer to them as “standing meetings.” No further explanation is needed.
- Add unscheduled PTO to your calendar, invite those with a need to know, and set out of office auto-reply. The auto-reply should note who to contact while you are out and when you plan to return. No further explanation is needed.
- Avoid back-to-back meetings. If you can’t avoid it, stating, “I will join a little late” to the RSVP is kosher. Give your brain time to switch between meetings.
- Add tasks to your calendar. Being intentional about scheduling everything that requires your attention reduces the likelihood of being overbooked.
Being a good steward of your time and setting boundaries is key to maintaining balance and avoiding burnout.