There are times when the best appointment you keep is with yourself.” [tweet this]

There are many times, especially as we start the week, that we run around trying to take care of so many “conditions” that we ourselves have implemented.  We might have the standard that all phone calls get answered in two hours and might also have the standard that we’ll spend one hour strategically planning each week. Many times those two standards “collide” and our schedules and our feeling of well-being are in a literal train wreck!

Establishing “no fly zones” are areas in your life that are non-negotiable – they are boundaries and promises to ourselves and our valued others in which we say “no” so that we honor that which is most important to us.

What are your no fly zones?

Awareness is first in anything.  Then, the next step would be to communicate those with others before it gets to the point of a heated communication because they’ve trespassed in our “no fly zone” too much.  For example, I don’t take any phone calls after 6:30 p.m.  That’s when our family sits down to supper, when I help my children with their homework or when I sit down and spend time with my husband.  Short of you being literally “on fire”, I’m not interrupting “the time I live for” for anything else.  That’s my no fly zone!  And while others may call and call and call that’s still my “off limits area”.  Now, of course, my job is to communicate that to someone before I treat them like a stalker!

What’s your no fly zone?  Have you communicated to those who need to know?


Maria Elena Duron, is managing editor of the Personal Branding Blog, CEO (chief engagement officer) of buzz2bucks– a word of mouth marketing firm, and a professional speaker and trainer on developing social networks that work. She provides workshops, webinars, seminars and direct services that help create conversation, connection, credibility, community and commerce around your brand.  Maria Duron is founder and moderator of #brandchat – a weekly Twitter chat focused on every aspect of branding that is recognized by Mashable as one the 15 Essential Twitter Chats for Social Media Marketers.

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