• Start each day with a prioritized to-do list, dividing it into A-B-C tasks and ranking by number, with “A-1” as most important. Then, as distractions or interruptions pop up during the day, ask if they are more important, not simply more urgent, than your “A-1” tasks, or your “steak sauce,” advises Dave Ramsey in “EntreLeadership.” “This gives you a plumb line … to evaluate interruptions and a place to come back to after the interruption if it was warranted.”
• Ditch the half-truths, even the little white lies you tell to make someone feel better. It takes courage to be honest, but “honesty is much more compelling, powerful, and effective than the alternative,” writes Peter Bregman in Psychology Today. The author of 18 Minutes believes that people want the truth, and they’ll respect you more for speaking it.
• Earn respect of seniorby showing the ROI (return on investment) for whatever you’re proposing. Example: If you’d like to hire a temp for a day, do the math and calculate how having a temp to complete a job that no one has time for would actually bring in new revenue faster. Bonus: You’ll nudge management toward a faster decision if you make your case using data.
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