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Watch for phone conversations/small talk turning into fluff ; look for an elegant way to end them
Try to avoid unnecessary interruptions (some hints: close the door, redirect phone calls, make yourself less visible, etc.) [Also, think before interrupting others: their time is as valuable as yours.]
When scheduling outside calls, try to schedule other calls nearby as well
Be aware of your physical and mental peaks and troughs so that you know how long they last and when they start/end; plan accordingly.
Since your performance levels will fluctuate, the most demanding A-tasks (e.g. writing a memo) should be done while you’re at your peak; leave C-tasks (filing, in-box, Dashboard) for energy troughs
“ To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
#13 Create Attractive Physical Environment in Your Office
Make some instant changes; Be aware of: a) reading material stuffed into a file and forgotten, b) filing cabinets overflowing with irrelevant/old information, c) sticky notes and other pieces of paper all over the place, d) important contact names stuck on the side of a computer, etc.
Keep pencils, pens, clips in a single accessible container; know exactly where your tools are (stapler, adhesive tape, hole puncher, etc.)
Think of a desk as an “assembly line”; i/of raw materials, it’s information – make it flow
Review your filing systems and general décor every six months or so