A technique that can supercharge your productivity is to add work to your calendar.
It’s common for software professionals to avoid scheduling their work in their calendar. This may work, but in some environments this leaves room for others to book meetings.
When I was working in a feature team I would block significant amounts of time in my calendar to do my work. If I didn’t then someone would come along and book a meeting. I’ve already written about manager versus maker time – it’s real indeed.
The same is true now as I work as a manager who coaches, works on strategy and recruitment. If it’s not in my calendar the chances are it’s not getting done.
- Creating a training course – in my calendar
- Creating a plan for the team – in my calendar
- Writing a tender, report or other document – in my calendar
- Ordering some conferences tickets – that too gets a slot on my calendar
My calendar then becomes my guide for the day. Also add your lunch break, quiet time for reading or thinking and any other appointment you have.
Ironically, for busy and effective people this seemingly restricted approach to work is liberating. It creates freedom because I’m no longer bouncing from shiny work to shiny work. The schedule is set for the day – and that creates a sense of freedom.
Try it for a week – see how you get on.