Advice: Take charge of your calendar
How many times do we hear people exclaim, “I don’t have enough time”? There’s no time to accomplish this or that. I can’t possibly squeeze that trip in now. How can I make both the conference and my kid’s birthday? There’s only one way to avoid falling into this trap: Plan ahead—way ahead. Long-term planning will ensure people with differing agendas don’t sidetrack your life.
It’s not as hard as it may sound. You’ve simply got to take charge of your calendar. Don’t let other people or unforeseen events control your time. Yes, certain emergencies will crop up, but as counter-intuitive as it sounds, the more planned you are the better you will be able to deal with them. Block off key events in your calendar as early as you can—don’t procrastinate. Also, learn when and how to simply say “no.”
A commanding annual plan will help you achieve the results you value most, and you can start right now. Remember it’s your life and your calendar, so take charge!
1. Company functions – You probably already know when big company events—sales meetings, strategic reviews and even the annual Christmas party—are scheduled. Check those key dates and put them in your calendar today so you don’t accidentally double-book yourself.
2. Industry functions – Most leaders at organizations attend outside functions like trade shows, conferences and professional meetings. These are typically scheduled years in advance so that’s a no-brainer: Book them in your calendar right now.
3. Professional development – We all should set aside meaningful time every year for our personal growth. Figure out what experiences you need to have and what topics you need to learn. Talk to your boss and maybe the HR department for counsel and support. Build a developmental plan and get it on the calendar before it falls through the cracks.
4. Personal time – Some of the most important dates and events lie outside of the professional realm, and it can cause undue stress on relationships when you forget a spouse’s birthday, for example. So, book those personal dates, anniversaries and annual traditions before you have to ask for forgiveness.
5. Family vacation – Last-minute vacations are tough to pull off and can unnerve family members. Give yourself some well-deserved time off—and something everyone can look forward to—by arranging the family vacation now. Make it fun—gather everyone around the calendar and get to work carving out a week of true downtime—before other priorities take the place of family time.
Plan as far in advance as you can. Review professional events with your boss so that your plans are clear; then move on to your personal agenda by proposing ideas and talking to those closest to you. You won’t complete your annual plans all at once, but the sooner you get started the sooner you can make decisions.
Of course we all need to allow for a little leeway—it’s life! But starting with a solid plan will help you stay on target. Set a date to complete your plans for the year. Then sit back and enjoy the surprising freedom that comes with thoughtful planning.
Quikrete Industry Dashboard: Growth signals
Ending the year on several strong notes, the Quikrete Industry Dashboard shows gains in residential construction – especially single-family housing starts. The Stock Watch and Monthly Sales metrics are also predominantly positive.
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AZEK injects new adhesives and sealants into pro line
AZEK Building Products has introduced a new line of professional adhesives and sealants engineered to bond and protect the company’s trim and moulding offerings.
Expanding upon AZEK's original adhesive cement, this new structural adhesive line is designed for fast, easy installation of AZEK trim, the company said.
The system helps prevent trim joints from separating and provides nail and gap filling solutions designed specifically for PVC. The adhesives and sealants provide flexibility, toughness and exceptional surface adhesion, even in extreme weather.
The new adhesives and sealants line includes:
Fast Cure: This is the best choice for core to core bonding. The line consists of a two-component adhesive formulated for PVC trim applications.
Slow Cure: Best option for surface bonding and assembling larger parts, or to create fills and blends. The line also consists of two-component adhesive formulated for PVC trim applications.
Fill & Flex: This product is optimal for expansion and contraction joints on PVC trim boards, sealing gaps around windows and doors. The line consists of slow curing, one-part, urethane-based sealant with a high level of flexibility and elongation to absorb expansion and contraction from heat or cold.
"We've been talking to builders and contractors to learn how we can make installing our trim and moulding products even easier, and we heard them loud and clear," said Loi McLoughlin, AZEK Building Products general manager of Trim. "We wanted to come out with an adhesive collection that would help contractors complete projects more efficiently and complement that with all the tools they would need on the job."
Based in Skokie, Ill. AZEK’s product lines include trim, decking, railing, moulding, porch and pavers as well as capped wood composite decking and railing under the TimberTech brand.