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March 19, 2010

Time Thieves!

Filed under: Industry News, Tips & Advice — Tags: — sharon @ 11:28 am

Reading February’s edition of Good Housekeeping, I came across this short article of essential tips for time-crunched women!  Here’s an extract;

“On average, people get one interruption every eight minutes while at work – most of them lasting five minutes.  That adds up to half the working day.  Business coach Ian Cooper offers these tips;

  • when people ask if you can spare a couple of minutes, be polite but firm in your reply.  If you’re busy, ask if their business can wait.
  • If it’s your boss, explain what you’re doing and ask if their query is more important.
  • Close your door, if you’re lucky enough to have one.
  • Do not ask unexpected visitors to sit down or offer them coffee – you’re sending the message that it’s okay to stay.
  • Take note of those who are time-wasters and those who come with acceptable or sensible interruptions”.

Source:  Good Housekeeping February 2010 / Ian Cooper

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