Distractions are the easiest way to derail your day. And with the over abundance of communications channels available to us today, it’s no wonder we feel like we do!

Emails. Text messages. Instant messages. Phone calls. Facebook messages. Tweets. Instagram notifications. With the huge amount of information flying around, it’s easy to miss the important things you really need to attend to.

What’s more, how many of you have families who are sick and tired of taking a second place to your smartphone? It’s a problem SO many of our Leaders face – constant demands for your time and attention can kill your productivity and keep you from the quality time and rest you really need.

You know how important it is to be “open for business” as much as possible – serving your customers and your team! But you are also a person – and even though you have many competing priorities, you deserve to be fully present each and every moment of your day.

Start by setting expectations
Communicate with your team and your customers: • Your “office hours” of availability
• The best way to reach you quickly
• Set realistic response times

Where to communicate these preferences: • Email Signature
• Away Messages
• Facebook

The only way to do this effectively is to take control of your calendar – and be unapologetic about keeping faithful commitments. You have permission to own your business – and to own your time!

In the coming days I’ll be sharing more about mastering the art of calendar blocking, saying no and time management. Be sure to follow along to learn how you can make time for your family, your personal business, your team, your life and your self!

You can also get more in-depth training on these topics and more by signing up for my seven week Little Black Dress Leadership E-Course.

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