I got some interesting feedback on professional time management this week. The suggestion was to ‘set appointments with yourself.’ I tried to integrate this suggestion with the pommodoro technique. It worked well except for a couple of appointments I couldn’t keep. However, the reason I missed those appointment was that my previous engagements ran longer than expected (eg 6 hours on billable work when I scheduled only 2 hours).
Observation: this scheduling routine may give insight into effective assistant management. Fur example, how to do 2 tasks in 25 min. One for me and one for assistant.
Observation 2: using the pommodoro with scheduling moved projects ahead that were important but not urgent. This principle (if I recall correctly) is espoused in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.