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Mastering your Calendar: Creating Space for Well-Being

You'll learn how to take charge of your calendar, prioritize tasks, incorporate breaks, and utilize technology to manage time effectively. Additionally, set boundaries and learn the art of saying 'no' for personal well-being.

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Marc Lesser | Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less | Lesser's book offers strategies for improving productivity by doing less and focusing on what matters, reinforcing the podcast's message about prioritizing tasks and including breaks in your calendar.

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang | Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less | Pang's book emphasizes the importance of rest for productivity and well-being, which supports the podcast's message about including breaks and personal time in your calendar.

Elizabeth Grace Saunders | How to Invest Your Time Like Money | Saunders' book introduces a time-management system that helps prioritize tasks, set boundaries, and improve work-life balance, complementing the podcast's tips for mastering the calendar and creating space for well-being.

Nir Eyal | Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life | Eyal's book provides techniques for managing distractions and using technology effectively, which aligns with the podcast's tip to use technology to your advantage for mastering your calendar.

Helene Segura | The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer | Segura's book offers time-management strategies to improve productivity, prioritize tasks, and set boundaries, which supports the podcast's message of mastering the calendar and protecting personal time.

Tony Crabbe | Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much | Crabbe's book addresses the problem of busyness and provides strategies for prioritizing tasks, setting boundaries, and focusing on personal well-being, reinforcing the podcast's tips for mastering your calendar.

Tanya Dalton | The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less | Dalton's book encourages readers to embrace the idea of doing less to live more fully, which aligns with the podcast's message of prioritizing personal well-being and mastering the calendar.

Graham Allcott | How to be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do | Allcott's book presents a productivity system that includes prioritizing tasks, managing time effectively, and using technology to your advantage, which supports the podcast's tips for mastering your calendar and creating space for well-being.

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Hello, hello! It's your friendly neighborhood OD consultant. Today, we're tackling the monster that is your calendar. So, brace yourselves, it's going to be a wild ride!

First things first, let's address the elephant in the room. How many of you feel like your calendar controls you, instead of the other way around? If you raised your hand, don't worry, you're not alone.

Tip number one: Remember that your calendar is a tool, not a tyrant. It should work for you, not against you.

Tip number two: Prioritize and plan. Start with the important tasks and block out time for them first. Then, fill in the gaps with the less critical tasks.

Tip number three: Include breaks in your calendar. Yes, you heard me right. Schedule time for rest and rejuvenation. It's not laziness, it's strategic energy management.

And finally, tip number four: Don't forget about your personal life. Work is important, but so is your well-being. So, make sure to include some 'me time' in your calendar.

Mastering your calendar may seem like a Herculean task, but with these tips, you're well on your way to becoming a calendar conqueror.

Tip number five: Use technology to your advantage. There are countless tools and apps out there designed to help you manage your time effectively. Experiment with them and find what works best for you.

Tip number six: Be flexible. Life happens, and sometimes things don't go according to plan. It's okay to adjust your schedule when necessary. Remember, your calendar is your tool, not your master.

Tip number seven: Set boundaries. Let your colleagues know when you're available and when you're not. It's okay to block off time for deep work, strategic thinking, or even just a lunch break.

And last but definitely not least, tip number eight: Remember, it's okay to say 'no'. This tip is so important, we've mentioned it in every episode of this series. Your time is valuable. Protect it.

And there you have it, folks! Eight tips to help you master your calendar and create space for your well-being. Remember, you're not just a worker bee, you're a human being. Make time for rest, for joy, and for the things that truly matter.

Well, that brings us to the end of this episode. I hope you've found these tips helpful and that they empower you to take control of your work life. Remember, you're in the driver's seat. You have the power to combat busyness, beat burnout, and create a workplace that works for you.

Signing off for now, your friendly neighborhood OD consultant. Until next time, take care, and don't forget to make time for you.

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