Are You Working with Foggy Lens?

March 9, 2020
Executive Coaching

Every once in a while I forget to put the “anti-fog” lens solution on my goggles before I swim. Because I don’t want to break my stride once I’m in the water, I allow the goggles to fog up until I absolutely can’t see. Then I quickly clean and them. They are then clear for remainder of the swim. I always wonder why I didn’t rub off fog off my lens sooner.


It doesn’t really matter that I break my stride. My swimming is for fitness, not competition. The rest of the swim is always delightful since I can look up and see all that is around me.


I believe that’s what we do at work sometimes. We have so many things coming at us, that we forget what our main priority for the week or day is. We try to juggle everything until at some point our body tells us to stop and re-prioritize.  When we do, the day becomes much easier.


Re-prioritization is a skill that is essential today. Having a Daily Plan is important-- and you try to stick to it, but you must realize when it’s time to take a “new” look at your day and make sure what you are working on makes sense.


This is a subject I cover in PerfectTIMING, my time management book (featuring tips to help you master your day). Many executives tell me that it is easier today to lose focus than ever before. There’s more coming at them than in past years. This situation requires that you master not only Prioritization, but Re-Prioritization whenever your lens are getting foggy.





  1. Can each member of your team tell you their #1 Priority for the day?
  2. How about for the week? 
  3. Is each day’s goal leading up to something big for that particular week?
  4. Do all of their goals tie into the department and organization’s goals?
  5. Keep your Daily Plan beside you at all times and don’t be afraid to re-prioritize when you must.

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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