Virginia at Work: Pruning your schedule

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In our weekly segment “Virginia at Work” we give you something to think about … what are you pruning?

No, we’re not talking about landscaping; we are talking about your schedule. If you say yes to something that is a priority, then you have to say no to something else. In other words, prune something to make that yes a possibility.

You cannot endlessly function in a sprint. According to the executive coaching staff at Cortex Leadership Consulting, you must determine what you’re non-negotiables are, in both your work and personal life, and make sure you communicate to those around you, what must be a yes, and what will be a no.

In order to successfully prune, here is advice from Cortex Leadership Consulting:

  • Create a vision for the outcome you want.  

    Take the time to think about what would be a deeply satisfying accomplishment – something you will be passionate about achieving.

  • Set your non-negotiables.

    Set your schedule so you are healthy and deeply satisfied with both your work and personal life and sit down with your calendar to write in your priorities.

  • Weigh the cost of not getting what you truly want.

    For example, if it’s important for you to make it to your child’s sporting event but you don’t find a way to make it happen, what will be the cost to both you and them?


To prune successfully, you must look at your entire life, both personal and work, list your priorities and stick with them.

Lynda McNutt Foster, Cortex Leadership Consulting CEO, says, “As a company, as a boss, you need to be able to tell people who work for you what is non-negotiable for you. Hey, if being there at 8:30 in the morning is non-negotiable, you need to set that out for them. If certain goals are non-negotiable, make those non-negotiable, but don’t set non-negotiables and then go this isn’t important, and not hold people accountable for them.”

In order to keep your balance, Foster advises you prune every week.  To learn more about the topic and the research Cortex Leadership Consulting has compiled, click here.  

You can also listen to our podcast on pruning.  It is divided between part one, part two, and part three.

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