You’ll operate most efficiently if you capitalize on every minute to produce fast, consistently great results. That means turning plans into action while banishing aimless anxieties and the urge to procrastinate.
Confront, don’t complain. There’s a time and place to vent your frustrations. But if you deplete precious time during the workday by dropping what you’re doing and talking about your irritations, you’ll dig yourself in even deeper.
If you’re annoyed at a co-worker, don’t complain to whoever happens to walk into your office. Instead, speak directly to the person with whom you’re upset. This saves time and reduces the spread of ill will.
Allot ‘worry time.’ If you grow anxious thinking about all the work that awaits you, then reserve blocks of time to indulge yourself in worry. Don’t let these thoughts creep into the rest of your day—or you may wind up worrying about a job rather than doing it.
The days aren't getting any longer—and your responsibilities aren't getting any lighter. You need to get more out of every hour of the workday.Try setting aside 15 minutes after lunch as your private “worry time.” Have a pen and paper ready and list your anxieties, numbering them in order of importance. This exercise will help you clear your head—and maybe even reprioritize— so that you can return to work free of mental distractions.
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Anticipate first, reflect later. If you make a high-profile mistake, you may feel compelled to dissect what happened in excruciating detail. That’s fine on your own time. But don’t waste the day analyzing a screw-up or justifying your decisions to any and all who’ll listen.
Use that time to think ahead. Prepare for projects, such as rehearsing a big speech or gathering facts to include in an employee’s performance review. Or call hard-to-reach people and leave a time for them to get back to you.
Even the smallest interruption can disrupt your whole schedule. We’ll show you how to minimize and avoid interruptions, and even work them into your schedule. We’ll also give you tips on delegating, organizing, prioritizing and avoiding procrastination. You’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way.
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- Investing your time wisely for the biggest financial payoff
- 5 insightful questions to ponder if you’re a chronic time-waster
- Procrastination – the psychology behind it and how best to overcome it
- Why talking to yourself is important
- 11 ways to get your meetings off and running – and 3 ways to end them on time
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