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4. Saving time at work

What’s in this chapter for you

  • Managing your boss
  • Stopping people stopping you
  • Beating the thieves of time
  • Organizing your environment
  • Delegating properly
  • Working smarter, not longer

Boxer, the horse in George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm worked hard, harder and more devotedly than any of the other animals. Manipulated by the pigs running the farm, Boxer would respond to pressure by ‘working harder’. The harder he worked, the more work was expected of him. He is last seen on his way to the slaughter house, useless to his new masters except as food.

‘At every assessment I’ve had, I was praised for my conscientiousness. No matter what came up in the department, I would offer to do it. I stayed at work late; when security ...

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