Avoid unproductive meetings.
Persevere—finish what you start.
Say “no” when you must to preserve your objectives.
Set time limits for telephone calls and diplomatically end them on time.
Dispatch forms efficiently—handle papers only once.
Scan and delete trivial email quickly, and file—don’t print—other e-mail.
Work on difficult things during the most productive parts of your day.
Use a Do Not Disturb sign.
Do your work and go home—long hours are often not productive hours.