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Bangalore: Even hotshot executives who pride themselves on working 16 hours a day can be more productive with good time management.

"Simple steps such as having your telephone calls filtered can help, along with using the Intranet to send emails," suggests management consultant and corporate trainer K. Panduranga.

You can start by listing out the time you spend on various chores at work. The time spent on the phone should be actually logged as also any breaks you take for coffee or lunch.

"A good filing system with immediate disposal of incoming paperwork helps. You can start by tackling the more difficult work in the first half of the day when energy levels are better," says Mr. Panduranga.

Keeping your desk and workstation clutter-free can be a good beginning. Searching for a paper among a pile wastes too much time. An online telephone and address book (inexpensive software is now available for this purpose), in addition to the numbers stored in your mobile phone, should be always on your desk. "Often, visitors or even colleagues take up too much of your time. If you must give an appointment, specify as politely as possible the meeting cannot last longer than 10 minutes," he advises.

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