Practically everyone writing on the subject of time management believes that the key to good management of work time is doing the most important job now. Some managers spend much energy on low-priority jobs, leaving little or no time for the really essential ones. Beginning to regain control of work time, therefore, requires an appreciation of what Alex MacKenzie has called "time wasters.l Three time wasters that are at or near the top of many lists of the most notorious--telephone use, meetings, and mail handling procedures--can be defeated using simple methods.



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