ROYERSFORD PA – Pressure, Carol-Anne Minski says, is unproductive.

Carol-Anne Minski.

“Few of us realize how powerful the urgency addiction is in our lives,” according to Minski, who recently was the guest speaker during a luncheon meeting of the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce Women of the Workforce group at Spring Hollow Golf Club in Royersford PA. Daily schedules, she said, may create a “temporary high that makes us feel important,” but she noted that reacting to outside pressure is rarely a productive way to work.

During her talk, Minski identified goal setting and prioritizing as keys to moving away from “urgency mode,” and emphasized the importance of setting SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timed – goals. She also outlined practical tips for avoiding work interruptions, eliminating procrastination, and replacing bad habits with good ones.

Managing time well also means taking time for relationships with family, friends, and customers, Minski added. “Time is life,” she said. “The way you manage your time defines who you are. To manage your life means asking yourself what kind of life you want to lead.”

Minski, director of training at the MidAtlantic Employers’ Association in King of Prussia PA, has 20 years of experience in education, training, and strategic planning.

The Pottstown PA-based chamber’s event was sponsored by Chestnut Knoll Assisted Living and At Home Services and L&J Cleaning Service. Women of the Workforce luncheons are held monthly; the next is scheduled for May 11 (2010; Tuesday) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Brookside Country Club, Pottstown.

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