Time Management

Yes, you can reduce interruptions

February 10, 2021
Setting aside specific hours in the day to work without interruption can help you manage your time more efficiently, but pressing issues will still come up. Be prepared, and prepare your employees, too, by classifying your most common interruptions so employees know when they can interrupt you and when to wait. Try these basic categories.

Tackle that dreaded task

February 10, 2021
Your to-do list probably has at least one or two items you really don’t want to do. Instead of shoving them to the bottom, where they won’t get done promptly, try this tactic.

Are you polishing your sneakers?

August 13, 2020
One CEO was known for telling employees, “You’re not going to be able to polish that sneaker,” when he realized that they were spending valuable time on something that’s not worth the effort. Just as an old sneaker can’t be polished back into usefulness or even good appearance, some efforts just won’t get you anywhere.

Are you making your time off count?

October 31, 2019
Do you usually feel recharged when you return to the office after time away, or does that relaxation drain away as soon as you see all your piled-up emails (in other words, almost immediately)?

Strategies for a long commute

September 12, 2019
Can there be any upsides to commuting? Well … maybe. There are certainly ways to take better advantage of that time.

7 great calendar apps

September 5, 2019
Calendar apps are great tools for keeping track of, well, everything, but there are lots to choose from. This Best list for 2019 from Zapier.com can help.

Work better by ‘managing delay’

April 4, 2019
Some tips for avoiding the quicksand of procrastination and turning it around.

Overwhelmed? There’s a crutch that rarely fails

March 7, 2019
Consider this a reminder that when things get hectic, there’s one friend an admin can always rely on.

1-Minute Strategies: January ’19

December 6, 2018
Are those meetings really necessary? … Watch out for auto-linking … Try this headline analyzer … Attention Harry Potter fans! … The Mandela Effect

Gain ground with great models

November 8, 2018
If you want to boost your productivity, it’s not enough to declare, “Now I’m going to work smarter.” You need a model to follow—or a rule of thumb to guide you.