Two days ago I did literally what I spend my work day reminding people not to do. I forgot to tell the office I can't be at my lesson this week. I'm telling you this because this is a great learning experience! I keep preaching about why it's important to keep calendars and be organized, and I figured we could go through my blunder as an experiment.
My first thought was "Well it's not my fault that I forgot. I have my lesson during work hours (as my lunch break), and the reason I have to miss is because of another work commitment, so it's not my fault." But, alas, with a heavy sigh, I remembered one thing that drum corps really drills into you: it's always your fault if you believe hard enough.
Things I did wrong and how I've corrected them.
- I didn't put my lesson in my personal calendar separately because I considered it part of my work hours. For many reasons (with any job) you may not be in your office during regular work hours on any give day (sickness, an external work event, a personal event). Put all your individual commitments separately on your personal calendar; it will be worth it.
- I didn't mentally prep for my lesson day early enough. I talked about this in my last time management post. I was so concerned with my off-site event, I didn't mentally go through the rest of my day or the day after. My fault.
- I didn't mentally prep for my week in general. See above.
Not only did I notify the office of my most pressing absence, but I also sent the other absences I will have due to these events. If you forgot to tell the office about an absence due to something recurring, take the moment of forgetfulness to inform the office of the other instances of that event.
Don't be like me, remember your lesson.