Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Fill in the gaps

Sometimes I wrap up a bigger and mentally engaging task with about 15 minutes to spare before a meeting, the end of the work day, etc.  For those occasions I've found it helpful to have small odd-jobs close to me (either on my desk literally or as a to-do list).  They let me better use my time while I'm at work.
  • Updating employee records
  • Filing papers
  • Writing Thank You notes
  • Checking metrics or statistics
  • Responding to email
If you give any of these small jobs a prominent place in your work day you're wasting your best time and energy on minutia.  But if they have to get done sometime, keep them close and let them fill in the gaps.

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