We get to the office and we log on to our sytem and we check email first … right? Not necessarily the best thing to do!
If you manage your time based upon PRIORITIES and have a clear understanding of WHAT needs to be done and WHEN … then you can check email and voicemail and decide on your priorities.
I would advocate getting to the office and getting the “TO DO LIST” in order before answering the phone or logging on … then you can much more critically respond to priorities in the right order.
Just because something is URGENT does NOT mean it is IMPORTANT.
Just because someone else has a high priority need does NOT mean that it is your high priority.
YOU need to manage YOUR priorities and depending upon your position you will have different levels of autonomy … but always try to maximize your time based on the highest return items, not based upon the last call that came in or the last email read!
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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