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Here’s why the alarm bells should be ringing for you

Are you aware of your limitations? We all have them. We are good at somethings and yet – often as a flipside of the thing we are good at – we are not so good at other things.

To borrow from the great quote from an old Dirty Harry Movie.

A good man always man knows his limitations

a good man knows his limitations

The Dirty Harry character was talking to a man (his police boss) in the movie – but of course, this applies to female business executives too.

I’ve learned to be aware of my limitations.

I can be very good at focussing and “getting deeply into” a project or task.

My challenge is that I can get so absorbed, I can lose track of time.

I’ve learned to be aware of this limitation and to compensate by setting alarms for myself at the start of my day. It’s a ritual I’ve developed.


For example, today I have an important phone call at 2:30 p.m. So I’ve set my alarm on my phone – just in case I am so in engrossed working on something else. I don’t want to forget to make the call!

I also need to leave somewhere at 3 p.m. to drive to a different appointment.

I set an alarm for 3 – just in case I get so engrossed in the conversation that I forget to leave on time.

You may think that’s “overkill”. Maybe you don’t need to set alarms. Good for you.

I’ve just learned from experience – to be on he safe side.

After all – a good man knows knows his limitations!

Better go. An alarm has just sounded to remind me to leave on time to make a 10:30 a.m. meeting on the other side of town.

and one more thing…

A business colleague commentated that we must be careful with alarms distracting others in work environments. I totally agree! It’s possible to have more subtle alarms like a single “ping” or even a vibrate – not distracting others but enough to remind you of what you should be doing!

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One comment on “Here’s why the alarm bells should be ringing for you

  1. efangelist
    January 14, 2015

    Reblogged this on efangelist.

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