Most of us are familiar with how frustrating it is to start the day with a plan, only to be sidetracked by the latest “emergency.” Avoiding distractions often feels impossible. But if you take a closer look at the causes, you may find that you have a choice to address certain situations at a time that works better for you. This is how you begin to take control of your time.

The point is that sometimes, “reacting” to things is a habit that we’ve adopted over time. We often don’t realize that it’s not necessary to always drop what we’re doing to deal with something that isn’t truly an emergency.


That being said, it pays off to give your attention to these situations and question their urgency. For example, you are in the middle of something important and the phone rings. Consider asking yourself “Is this call so urgent that I must answer it right now?”

I guarantee that if you practice this consistently; you’ll soon realize that you have more control over your time than you think.

Action Step: Start paying attention to how often you are reacting to “emergencies.”

It helps to write them down and include the cause of urgency.