How Many Hours Do You Actually Work in a Workday?

Wasting time at work

You arrive late to work. (Just a few minutes…)

You then get your coffee. And then socialize with others about their weekend.

You check the news. And then surf your inbox for 45 minutes.

Soon, it’s lunch time.

Wait… you just got here.

You might need to ask, “How many hours are you actually working in your day?”

Write Your Emails Backwards for Better Responses

Email Backwards

Do your emails go unanswered?

Do you write lengthy explanations about what you need, only to be ignored?

If you want better response rates to your emails, you need to get to the point.

A great technique to ensure that your emails are acted upon is to write them backwards.

I Know You Can’t Do It… You Told Me So!

Can_t Do It

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I was talking with a colleague the other day. He was marveling that a mutual friend had published his first book. (Which turned out to be a bestseller in its genre!)

He was happy for our friend and said that he would love to publish a book himself someday, but finished with, “I could never do that…”

To his shock, I told him he was right… he couldn’t do that.

He got a little indignant and shot back, “Why not?”

I said, “Because you just told me so.”

You Don’t Have Time for Negative People

Negative People

Recently, I caught myself wasting time dealing with a negative person.

I’m not talking about a web troll or the like. It was actually a business associate who was caught making negative comments behind others’ backs.

After being bothered about it for quite some time, I decided not to let the issue waste any more of the team’s time. As well, this individual would not be given the chance to disparage others again.

Do you have to deal with a negative person that takes up too much of your day?

You don’t have time for negative people in your life.