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Stop being so darn … available

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Show others that you attach a high value to your time, and they won’t squander it. That’s the advice of productivity coach Laura Stack (, author of Find More Time, who recommends using availability management.

As an admin, you can’t always say “no,” but you can ask questions. When someone asks you to do something, Stack says, don’t assume the person means “right now.” Instead, Stack recommends saying, “Do you need that today, or will Monday be OK?” Or, “I’ll be happy to stop working on (x) project and work on (y). Is that what you would like me to do?”

Phrase it that way, and you still look like a team player, but one who manages time well. On the flip side, a person who answers every request with a cheery “Sure! No problem!” sends the message that random interruptions are perfectly fine.

Four more ways to be a team player, without always being available:

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