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Take Control of Your Productivity by Jeff Porten

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Manage People (Gently)

You may be embarking on a new organizational journey, but you probably don’t live in a hermitage on a mountaintop. You have to interact with other people, and rely on them to get your tasks completed. I can’t make blanket suggestions for how to deal with them—everyone’s different—but there are methods for keeping it all straight for yourself.

Make Liberal Use of Waiting Fors

Any time you’re waiting for something to happen that’s not under your control, that’s a Waiting For. Up until now, you may not have used them much, because it’s not that onerous to glance at a task and decide in the moment that it’s not on deck.

When you’re waiting for other people, though, Waiting Fors are crucial. Anything you delegate, for which ...

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