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Determine your work  hours, and stick to them!

Every business has office hours (or store hours, if retail). Why don’t you?

Why do you feel it is necessary to work all hours of the day and night?

Why do you think you need to answer your business phone after hours? Or answer your emails at 11pm?

What impact does this have?

Impact on you: you have no time off.

You are operating as if you are working (or available) 24 hours a day. And you inadvertently train others that you will take their call whenever they call.

No boundaries.

Impact on your business: you are most likely close to overwhelmed and burnt out.

What good are you if you are operating at half speed because you are so worn out?

Set your work hours, and stick to them. If you don’t honor them, no one else will!

And if you must check email late at night, either save your responses to the draft folder to be sent the next work day, or schedule them to be sent during business hours.

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About The Author

Terry Monaghan's picture

Terry is the CEO of Time Triage

With over 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience, Terry’s unique technology has dramatically increased the productivity of Fortune 100 executives and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Whether it’s a corporate executive or a “solo-preneur,” the outcome of Terry’s methodology will give you an expanded level of freedom and productivity with results you can measure.

Terry’s clients find themselves working on what is most fulfilling and what really matters in moving things forward rather than what they previously thought they “had to do.” The things you hoped to get to someday become the things you work on today.

Terry’s work was recently featured in the New York Times best-seller Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte (Sarah Crichton Books, March 11, 2014).

Eliminating overwhelm, giving clients more time to focus and clarity about where to focus, and implementing what it takes to produce results beyond what is predictable are what Terry’s efforts are all about. Her high integrity, no-nonsense, practical approach to business operations has helped build trusted relationships with many high performing professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives.

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