09: Take Back Control of Your To-do List

September 5, 2022

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In today’s episode of Transmit Safety, Aimee shares how she takes control of her to-do list and manages her work-life balance.

Have you ever had your whole work day planned out, only to get a million things piled on you as soon as you step into work? It truly sucks when your planned, controlled, and confident day gets thrown into chaos, especially when you have no control over that chaos.

Tune in to today’s episode to discover what to do when other people’s requests and urgent to-do’s take over your to-do list. Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to avoid the need to come in early, to work through your lunch, to not take any breaks, or to stay late.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to keep control of your to-do list
  • Stephen R. Covey’s Time Management Matrix
  • Deciding what is urgent and what is important
  • The importance of consistently reinforcing your boundaries

The Transmit Safety Podcast is here to help health and safety practitioners achieve a holistic approach to workplace health and safety so they can become impactful leaders and put the value of safety into action.

Resources and links

Today’s episode was sponsored by Transmit Safety, a consulting business where I help streamline and simplify health and safety management systems through education, program development, audits, and coaching. 

Aimee uses Stephen R. Covey’s Time Management Matrix to prioritize her tasks. If you want to learn more about it and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, go to: https://www.franklincovey.com/the-7-habits/

For more information about how to work with Aimee, go to transmitsafety.com/ways-to-work-together

For more on the Transmit Safety Podcast, go to transmitsafety.com/podcast

Quotes from this episode

“The reality is not everything is urgent. Not everything is important. I’m gonna say that again. Not everything is urgent. And not everything is important. Regardless of who is on the other end of that request.”

“You can’t just flat out say no. But it’s okay to say not today. It’s okay to say not right now. It’s okay to say maybe I’m going to redirect this task to somebody else who has the same skill set as I.”

You are important. Keep track of your time, track the tasks, requests, and prioritize based on your definition of urgency and importance. Say it with me. I am only one person and can only do so many things in a day. And that’s okay.

Connect with Aimee Arsenault

Aimee Arsenault is a CRSP and CHSC. She is the founder of Transmit Safety, a business that helps you simplify and streamline health & safety management systems.

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Instagram: @transmit.safety

Twitter: @transmitsafety

Website: transmitsafety.com