Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Planning for what you cannot plan for

It was a great, well planned and well executed day today until things started to unravel. Unexpected crisis at about 11:30 meant 3 more conference calls to fit into the schedule. This meant juggling meetings and calls at roughly the same time. Then at 6:30 or so I ran into high stress unplanned system issues. Although I am not the one fixing anything, I do have to understand what is happening and how we recover from it.

Over the years, I have learned to leave a bit of space in my day for the unexpected. This is one of the sins of over time management. So I like to leave a bit of space. Of course I always have my list of low priority things to do to fill the time if nothing comes up.

I have been coached as well to have more unscheduled time to “think”. Interestingly, I am not sure I ever allow myself time to just think. Right now I am just thinking about the possibility of this. Perhaps I already do do this but in a structured way.

Days like the latter part of today, I could have used a bit more space in my schedule.


At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering when/if you take time to self reflect? Not quite the same as thinking. But certainly considered wise and prudent by many.


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