#1. Guard Your Time

#1. Guard Your Time

Leslie’s Story

I am the Division Vice President of Network Operations and Engineering at Comcast.  I have worked in Technical Operations for over 20 years.  I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Suffolk University, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from University of Massachusetts Boston, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Simmons College School of Management.

Learn more about Leslie here.

Sounds easy enough right? How many of us overcommit? Say yes to things when we want really want to say no? Feel pressure to join a board? Attend an event? Volunteer? Meet for lunch? Squeeze in one more meeting? One more conference call?

Guard your time – what a concept. Time is so precious and for so very long I made certain I filled every moment of the day. I said yes to social events, volunteer gatherings, commitments to mentor, etc. even when I truly didn’t want to say yes. I felt pressure to be available and do what others wanted me to do, never fully taking the time to do what I wanted. I did get better at this later in life. Mark and I would always make time just to do what we wanted – movies, sporting events, our endless list of activities. But there was always an overlay of expectation both personally and professionally to commit to things. On some level there were some things I really didn’t want to do but did them anyway.

Guarding one’s time is a key to balance. A key to focused priorities. A key to putting yourself first, making yourself a priority. Guarding one’s time means not being afraid to say no and to own your time and how you spend it.

Let’s practice guarding our time – preserving moments for ourselves for the things we choose to do. I have started this practice and have had two opportunities to say no to things and to do something for myself. It is difficult at first – guilt and pressure (real or perceived) can invade our thoughts. Practice will make perfect.

Are you interested in reading more Pearls of Wisdom from Leslie?  Click here to visit Leslie’s site.  We’ll be bringing you more of Leslie’s wisdom in our Guest Blog Series.




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