Gain control of your time
- Create a time log and fill it in each time you start and stop any activity.
- Take 15 minutes at the end of each day for planning your schedule. Allow time to work on both the immediate tasks you need to accomplish and also your long-range projects.
- Take an hour off to reflect. Make sure not to allow any interruptions. Use your quiet hour to tackle the top priority items on your schedule. Don't answer phones, read email, surf the web or let coworkers interrupt you.
- Control email. Start by removing yourself from any email lists that aren't essential for your job. Reduce the number of times a day you check email.