When it comes to managing time, most people find that they run from fire to fire (read crisis to crisis) without accomplishing what they really want to do. If you feel that you are meetinged out, up to your ears in mail, or in e-mail jail, keep reading.
The key to having the time that you need to do what you want to do is simply to schedule time with yourself. It's similar to the idea of paying yourself first when you get your paycheck. And it works. The key to this hot little tip, though, is for you to think of yourself as one of your most important clients - and you are!
To start, schedule a meeting with yourself every morning so you will have time to review your task list. This will etch out some time for you to focus on what you want to accomplish. This meeting doesn't need to be longer than 15 minutes. Next, you will need to pick a priority project and develop a time line to complete it. Yes, you guessed it, schedule meetings with yourself according to your timeline so you can focus and work only on this project.
If you treat yourself and "your" meetings like you treat your best clients, you shouldn't have a problem "finding" time to complete those hot projects that have been sitting on the back burner. Barring emergencies, stick with your commitment to yourself and, in no time at all, you will find that you are in control again!