Many factors influence our ability to effectively manage time and reach our goals. A quick test on Mind Tools can show you where you can do better. Of course, the ability to prioritize and schedule is fundamental, but the most interesting part is dealing with the unexpected: interruptions.

How can you navigate through phone calls, emails, requests from colleagues, even problems with your car, all at once and without any warning? “Expect the unexpected” is no satisfactory answer: you have to manage it.

Like a firefighter, we should beĀ available, aware of priorities and capable of understanding others’ needs.


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