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WORKING TIME

According to statistics Canada, we spend 7.8 hours per day working. (Training Places, September, 2004) So enjoy your job.

WRITING DOWN YOUR GOALS

Writing down your goals makes their achievement more likely. Writing them down on a daily basis is even better

MEETING AGENDAS

Make the agenda items detailed enough to allow participants to prepare for each item in advance.

THE DESIRE TO WIN

In 1995, researchers asked two hundred Olympic hopefuls if they'd take a drug that would guarantee them a five-year winning streak and then kill them. Almost half said yes (Enough by Bill McKibben, Owl Books, 2003)

 

DOES THE PHONE CONTROL YOUR TIME

Lesley Bolton, author of Fastread Time Management (Adams Media, 2002) suggests you track your phone usage for a few days, recording who called, length of calls and importance. If your total phone calls are longer than your total working time, take action to reduce them.

JUNK THE JUNK MAIL

The typical executive receives more than 225 pieces of unsolicited mail each month, according to the book, The 60-Second Organizer. The author Jeff Davidson, calculated that the average person spends eight months of his or her life reading junk mail.

RETURNING PHONE CALLS

Unless they're urgent and important, most voice mail messages can be delayed until later in the day when you are least productive.

SAYING NO

Giving a reason for saying no leaves the issue wide open for discussion. The less you say the better.

AVOID USING MEETING TIME TO READ

Keep meetings free of as much paperwork as possible. Issue reports and other information to the attendees at least two days in advance.

 

DISORGANIZATION vs. GOAL-SETTING

Author Jeff Davidson (The 60-Second Organizer) claims those who have not identified their priorities and set supporting goals are most likely to be unorganized.

CONTROL THE PAPER FLOW

50 to 70 percent of your working time is spent dealing with paper, according to the book Fastread Time Management by Lesley Bolton.

ORGANIZING YOUR DESK

To organize your desk, get out of sight those things you use infrequently like letter openers, rulers, stamps, scissors etc. and give space to those items you use often, such as staples, paperclips and business cards. Make sure these latter things are within reach - even if it means getting a smaller desk.

 
 

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