Which rules will keep you sane and effective this week?

I found an article  in the BusinessInsider I thought had some great idea starters for setting rules for yourself that may be helpful in keeping you in a proactive mindset this week.  Everyone’s formula is different so experiment with any of these that you think might be helpful.

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn:  Make sure there’s empty time in your schedule

Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group:  Treat family time as a priority over work

Donald Trump:  Know when to move on

Kay Krill, CEO, ANN, Inc.:  Get rid of the people and things that don’t matter

Dustin Moskovitz, Co-founder of Facebook:  Try no meeting Wednesdays

Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks Owner and an investor on one of my favorite TV shows for entrepreneurs, Shark Tank:  Don’t have bad meetings

Mike Cassidy, Google Director of Project Management:  Exercise during the workday

Bryan Halligan, CEO, Hubspot:  Try work-from-home Wednesdays

John Donahoe, President, Ebay:  Isolate yourself for 2 weeks a year

Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Social Innovation Leader, Twitter:  Schedule times to be creative

Here’s one I think saves time:  Show people how to work with you.  Don’t make people that work for you guess about what is the best way to communicate with you and get what they need from you.  Make the time, and honor the other person as a professional by explaining your preferences, your strengths, and those things you suck at.  Yes, we all suck at something and it really is easier on everyone involved if you just get it out in the open right away.  It will save you and them TONS of time.

Let’s face it.  If you read this kind of stuff, you’re one of the people that truly cares and wants to improve as a leader.  You are a rock star!  You do so much more than you will ever get credit for.   Keep fighting the good fight, my friend.  You know it’s worth it or you wouldn’t be doing it.

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