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Old 06-05-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: NC
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Hi friends! Can anyone suggest a couple business books that will help me gain insight into working more efficiently, managing my workload better and dealing with constant distractions at work?

I find myself continually getting interrupted by co-workers, office/cell phone, new emails and can't get any projects finished. I end up going into the office before everyone or staying late to get the projects done namely because no one is there.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:46 PM
 
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I don't think any book will help with that!

Would hiring an assistant for you be possible? Possible in that it is a high priority your projects be done on time and so important it would justify the expense. And that there is money for an assistant. And that an assistant would be able to handle many of those interruptions for you.

If you could hire an assistant, then you could probably find a book on how to delegate tasks.

If you can't hire an assistant...

So far as emails, perhaps read them at the top of each hour? (9:00, 10:00, 11:00, etc.) If you work on your computer, it can be set to not interrupt you each time you get an email. You have to check to see if there are any emails.

People calling, don't answer and they can leave a message on voicemail. Play back messages at the top of the hour.

For co-workers - close your office door and put up a sign - "Come back at the top of the hour please, I'm trying to get my project done."

If this is not your business and you work for someone else, run this by your boss first. Another option if you work for someone else would be to work Tuesday through Saturday. Monday off. And/or work earlier and leave earlier. Or work longer hours and get paid overtime.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:24 AM
 
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I agree with Billy. You cant learn multi tasking from a book
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:00 AM
 
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Billy said it best. It about managing your time better. No self help books can help you achieve that end.
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