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November 14, 2016

Take Back Your Time!

How often do you leave work wondering where the time went and feeling as if you accomplished nothing? If you’re like many people, too often! Here are some tips to help you focus on what you need to accomplish and find the time to get it done.Angry Boss Lady Pointing to Alarm Clock

  • Take time on Friday afternoon to set your priorities for the coming week. See my blog post Jumpstart Your Priorities.
  • Block out time on your calendar for your highest priority tasks as if they were an appointment with an important client. Don’t let anyone book meetings with you during these times and don’t allow yourself to be interrupted.
  • Be assertive about your time. If someone drops by to chat or ask a questions, briefly explain that you’re on a deadline and will call them back later. Then make sure you do! Make others accountable. Unless it’s your job to answer questions, start referring people to other online or print resources.
  • See my blog posts Down with Distractions and Taking Charge of Interruptions for more information.
  • Don’t overbook your day! No one can work nonstop for eight or more hours. In fact, your productivity and creativity fall after 60 to 90 minutes of concentrated effort. If you push through without stopping, you will be less productive. Take regular breaks to recharge and refocus.

Taking charge of what happens to your time is an important step to keep you positively productive each day.

 

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