If you keep these tips handy (by your desk, on the bulletin board, on the fridge), you’re guaranteed to save time everyday and be more organized. Practice makes perfect!

  • Set goals. Prioritize. Plan.

  • Make lists.

  • Avoid procrastination.

  • Handle interruptions.

  • Use a tape recorder, especially when driving, to dictate notes.

  • Use deadlines wisely: a) Impose them for every project. b) Plan backward to meet them.

  • Follow routines and time them to your personal rhythms.

  • Learn to say “No” when you have too much to do.

  • Take an early or late lunch and work through the usual lunch hour to avoid interruptions.

  • Make appointments with beginning and ending times.

  • Use the telephone or e-mail as much as possible, matching the medium to the message.

  • Keep supplies on hand.

  • Keep active files within fingertip reach.

  • Clean off your desk every night.

  • Put away a project before beginning a new one.

  • Continue learning how to use your computer better.

  • Carry a “To Read” file.

  • Be prepared.

  • Reward yourself.

  • Plan today for tomorrow.