Make it a point to exit meetings promptly. Avoid lingering on the telephone. Discipline yourself to not hover over e-mail. Keep short discussions from evolving into office gossip.
Being slow to conclude is a hidden time waster that washes more time down the drain than most people realize. Maintain a formal professional stance and use closure statements to disengage in a timely way using your own style. Prepare closing statements in advance. Get good at using them and you’ll end up with a lot more time to do what counts.
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