We all have those busy work days, when the to-do list we started with doesn’t get touched.

In our world of constant communication, you may find your plans shifting radically as you reply to calls, emails, and text messages. When this happens, it’s easy for important objectives to move down your priority list.

If you find this happening often, consider using your calendar to block off time for important projects and tasks, and make it a point to keep the appointment with yourself. Treat it the same way you would treat a customer meeting, and let your team know: You’re unavailable.

This strategy can be used for almost anything in your life, including exercise, calling a loved one, mediation, or even sleep.

You’ll find that blocking off time on your calendar gives you a chance to renew your commitment to priorities and increase productivity. You may also find you have less stress in your day, because you are getting things accomplished.