7 Essential Calendar Management Skills (Save Hours Of Work Every Day!)
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7 Essential Calendar Management Skills (Save Hours Of Work Every Day!)

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What is Calendar Management?
Calendar management is a cognitive skill very few have mastered. You probably already know what tasks your work involves, whether you’re a consultant, business owner, executive, marketer, doctor, lawyer, or anything else. Maybe you’re already using Outlook or Google Calendar to track your appointments.
But if you’re just accepting any task or meeting that comes in and randomly scheduling it somewhere in the week, you’re probably wasting hours every day.
Often managed by an assistant, calendar management is a process of planning out the series of work, for an executive or self. Whether it’s phone calls, scheduling a meeting or any other important tasks. After all, you want to work smart, not hard, right?

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7 essential calendar management skills (save hours of work every day!)
Do you own your calendar like a boss? If not, then read on.
You drudge, drudge, and then you drudge some more. Without really putting efforts into the one thing that could make or break success - efficient time management.
Here are 7 ways to help you make sure you work smart (and not necessarily hard) -
If you’re an executive, consultant, or business owner, you know that your task to time ratio is crucial.
The shift from offline meetings or conferences to virtual setups has by no means reduced the number of such meetings. In fact, with the attendance of such meetings becoming possible from literally any part of the world, their number has only substantially increased.
For all the 8 working hours in the day, how do you balance and streamline your work without adversely affecting your productivity and health?
This is exactly where calendar management comes into the picture.
What follows is a small guide on how to get the most out of your day - using calendar management.
Here’s what you’ll learn from the post -
1. What is calendar management?
2. 7 essential calendar management skills
3. Key takeaways
Table of Contents
1. 1. Pick Your Calendar Management Tool - A Physical Organizer Or An App
2. 3. Start Task Batching 3. 4. Calendar Blocking For Time Management 4. 5. Start Time Management With Time Boxing 5. 6. Assign A Day Theme 6. 7. Optimize Your Calendar 7. Key Considerations For Any Calendar Management System 8. Final Thoughts
What is Calendar Management?
Calendar management is a cognitive skill very few have mastered. You probably already know what tasks your work involves, whether you’re a consultant, business owner, executive, marketer, doctor, lawyer, or anything else. Maybe you’re already using Outlook or Google Calendar to track your appointments.
But if you’re just accepting any task or meeting that comes in and randomly scheduling it somewhere in the week, you’re probably wasting hours every day.
Often managed by an assistant, calendar management is a process of planning out the series of work, for an executive or self. Whether it’s phone calls, scheduling a meeting or any other important tasks. After all, you want to work smart, not hard, right?
But calendar management isn’t easy.
This is where learning these 7 key skills comes in handy.
So what tools is Casey using to achieve his incredibly efficient setup? He shared his top 7 recommendations for simplifying your business and maximizing your time using these SaaS tools for business.
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And then let’s get started.
7 Essential Calendar Management Skills
1. Pick Your Calendar Management Tool - A Physical Organizer Or An App
Choosing the perfect organizer for yourself is key.
A book with sticky notes might work for some while others might have a penchant for a digital calendar app!
Although, the tactility of a physical calendar or organizer is quite simple - it comes at a price. It’s easier to forget and neglect what you’ve scribbled down in your physical organiser.
On the other hand, a digital calendar app lets you -
1. Set reminders for specific tasks
2. Update, remove or edit tasks
3. Access your organisation data easily
4. Save a lot of time!
Thanks to smartphones and technology, they’re quite portable too! This is not to say that physical tools for organising your work (notebooks, diaries and so on) are not useful at all.
Because let’s face it - physical or digital, the goal of the organiser tool is to help you manage your time effectively. What you choose depends on what you’re most comfortable with.
It’s just that the feasibility of physical organiser tools in the 21st century pales against the charm and practicality of their digital counterparts.
2. Use The Eisenhower Matrix For Calendar Priority Management
Choosing an organization tool isn’t enough - you’ve got to prioritise.
The first step to prioritising your work is to break down and analyze the importance of every task.
To make this simpler, consider using “The Eisenhower Matrix”. Used as a priority manager, it helps build a priority management calendar.
Important and urgent
This represents tasks that are important tasks and need to be done within a very specific amount of time. This normally includes tasks someone else has asked to do with a set deadline. You’re likely to have no trouble prioritizing and finishing these tasks, but make sure that you’re not confusing urgency with importance.
Important but not urgent
The Second quadrant represents important tasks with a slightly relaxed deadline. These tasks should be placed in the middle of the week. The tasks that fall into this category tend to be those that are important but have long term goals and benefits. This is where you’ll have the highest tendency to fall behind.
Urgent but unimportant
The third quadrant consists of the tasks that are urgent but less significant. Here’s where you use the power of “delegation”. Outsource the job to a colleague or someone more suitable. If the task is unavoidable try placing it in the later half of your work day. Try to consciously place distractions that seem urgent but have low benefits into this block - for example, you likely don’t need to be checking your emails and messages all day long, even though they feel urgent.
Unimportant and not urgent
The tasks here are those that are neither very important nor extremely urgent. Try to remove these tasks from the day if possible. This will give you more time to finish and help you singularly focus on the ones that fall in the rest of the quadrants. This is where most distractions can be placed - such as checking social media, non-work related conversations, and watching the latest YouTube video.
Now that your task priorities are set, you can begin arranging them for efficiency.
3. Start Task Batching
Task batching is about clubbing together similar tasks to save time and energy.
By grouping similar tasks together you get to singularly focus on one type of work for a certain amount of time - rather than spreading it out throughout the day and doing it haphazardly.
Advantages-
Eliminate distractions Reduce stress Improve focus Saves time and effort
Try to use it along with its two distant cousins - Time Blocking and Time Boxing. Put the three together and you’ve got a foolproof productivity-enhancing system.
4. Calendar Blocking For Time Management
You begin by dividing your day in the form of blocks.
Every block represents a special task or a group of tasks that need to be completed. This process is also referred to as calendar blocking time management.
For example, a block can be assigned for just writing proposals. Here you are assigning a time interval for every group of tasks.
Every White line between tasks is a transition period. With the help of time blocking you can reduce it even more.
Advantages
Reflect on the previous week’s deliverables to assess and plan better for the coming week. Make sure you get plenty of time to relax and unwind as well. A healthy mind is key to giving your 100% to everything that you do in life.
5. Start Time Management With Time Boxing
Although it sounds similar to time blocking, the concept behind time boxing is slightly different.
“Time blocking” means you set aside a block of time to do a very specific set of tasks. In that particular time block (or period), you don’t do any other task.
Your focus is to finish that particular set of tasks in that particular time block only. Whereas in “time boxing”, you allocate a fixed amount of time to a planned task. Once the time is up, you stop working on that task.
Advantages
Sets deadlines for your tasks Helps avoid procrastination Helps deliver work on time Ensures equal priority is given to every task
6. Assign A Day Theme
If you're an executive, chances are your day-to-day responsibilities differ throughout the week.
Every type of task will demand a different kind of energy.
For example, a webinar or presentation will require a whole lot of preparation and energy. Therefore, there’s a lot of merit in
placing such tasks after a well-rested holiday or break.
This will give some extra time for preparation if the executive wishes to prepare early. The exhaustion parameter will be removed here. Thus resulting in a more effective and better performance.
The meetings or the final sales for clients can be arranged at the end of the week. All the meetings or sales can be scheduled and tackled on that day.
Many CEOs and executives running multiple companies usually use day theming for giving fair time and attention to each company. This proves effective as it is more streamlined.
Grab our simple “Calendar Management Do’s and Don’ts infographic here!
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infographic here!"
7. Optimize Your Calendar
“Get Clear, Get Current and Get Creative!” - David Allen( Getting Things Done)
As rightly said in David Allen’s book ‘Getting Things Done’, we need to take a break and analyse the results of our “scheduling”.
To do this, follow these three steps -
STEP: 1 Get Clear
Review the past week calendar and look if something was missed out or needs a revisit. This will give you a perspective of ‘what to do next?’.
STEP: 2 Get Current
Analyse upcoming tasks and prepare for them beforehand. This will help stay updated and proactive. This will tell you ‘How To Do It?’.
STEP: 3 Get Creative
If done well, time management and calendar management will enable your creativity, not halter it. If you’re not managing your time well, you’ll find yourself occupied with the urgent tasks, whether they are important or not.
Follow this process until a highly optimized version of your calendar is achieved.
Key Considerations For Any Calendar Management System
A very crucial aspect of monitoring productivity is balancing your work and personal lives well.
From this balance stems mental energy, positivity and overall well-being - all crucial to ensure a healthy working mind.
This is how you can create a personal and professional calendar -
Adopt a holistic approach
Reflect on the previous week’s deliverables to assess and plan better for the coming week. Make sure you get plenty of time to relax and unwind as well. A healthy mind is key to giving your 100% to everything that you do in life.
Be mindful of travel and logistics too
As executives and business-owners, travel could be an integral part of your work. Make sure your calendar and schedule accounts for jet lag and the corresponding exhaustion. Delegate more or take up tasks of less severity when travelling extensively.
Productivity Hours
Every person has a specific period of time when he/she feels more proactive and therefore, is able to do more. Figure that time out for yourself – are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you not have a specific preference? Once you’ve figured that out, try to finish tasks that need the most mental energy during that time – as this is when the cognitive abilities of the brain are at its peak. Processes like data analysis or reports of audits are a few examples.
Rescheduling