Our Corporate Life
April 16, 2013   •   Volume 4, Issue 8   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Focus and Finish
Ask Amanda: Iím getting mixed messages from my boss. Suggestions?
♦   Practical Tips: Smart Scheduling
Focus and Finish

Ever notice how all time management articles give the same advice? Make a “to do” list, do small pieces of a big project over time, come in early and get your thoughts in order. There is nothing wrong with the advice; it just doesn’t work for many because it assumes we all work the same way. With a little planning, you can make your work life more manageable.

A great time manager leverages their personal preferences to use time most effectively. Figure out how you work best. Do you prefer to focus on one task all the way through? Do you like switching between projects and accomplishing a little bit each day until you’re done?
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Thought to Ponder

You never get ready by waiting.

Practical Tips:
Smart Scheduling

Ever wonder about the best time for an important meeting or client appointment? Check out the optimal times for routine interactions and make the most of your day.

Client meeting. You’ll have time to make progress on next steps within the same week and if you have to reschedule, you have the rest of the week to do so.

Major announcement. Choose the morning to share your news.
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 ask Amanda

I'm constantly getting my hand slapped by my boss but my performance reviews are good. What can I do to get him to stop bugging me? L.R. Millburn, NJ

Amanda Mitchell

A good relationship with your boss is the best predictor of happiness at work. It’s in your best interest to seek to understand your boss’ behavior instead of perceiving it as designed to annoy you. After all, if you succeed at your job, it benefits him as well.
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