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14. Getting Ahead at Work (4)

I'm away on holiday at the moment and yesterday, after three days away, I had a look at my emails - there were 43 new ones. A modest number compared with some of my clients, who tell me it is not uncommon to come back from leave to find several hundred, but a significant number nevertheless. The problem with emails is that some of them are important so however tempting it may be to delete them all, you find yourself going painstakingly through them. Emails are just one of many things in life that consume our time and attention simply by presenting themselves. Today's tip is about making time in your day when you aren't simply reacting, but when you're creating. Taking time to think

13. Getting Ahead at Work (3)

Building relationships at work Something that rarely appears on individuals' to-do lists is 'be good to my colleagues', and yet paying attention to your relationships at work can pay enormous dividends. If you have good relations with your colleagues, work is more enjoyable and satisfying; your colleagues are more likely to help in a crisis, and less likely to create conflict; people feel valued and work better; and it's much easier to get things done. This tip is about taking time to invest in your relationships at work. 'Time for reflection with colleagues is for me a lifesaver; it is not just a nice thing to do if you have the time. It is the only way you can survive.' Margaret J.