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I have 5-7 hours of client calls a day. When am I expected to do work?

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If you are a key contributor and/or leading all of those calls, then you shouldn't also be in an individual contributor role (i.e., generating deliverables). If you are an inform or consulted even on many of those calls then you should stop attending most of those calls so you can work.

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Haha. Yes, welcome to the thunder dome. Where you never cross any tasks off your to do list, you just continually add tasks, than focus on putting out the biggest fire each day while all other fires simmer

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Wake up early or stay up late. Only two ways I can think of

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In the additional 5-7 hours you are working each day.

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This was me at my previous job and reason why I left. Unless you block off time on your calendar and clients respect that block, it’s hard to do work during work hours.

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After calls

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Went through this before I left consulting too. Always had to work nights and weekends to get the actual work done cause the whole day was spent on client calls. Talked to manager many times about it and she kept telling me to just say no when the sales ppl want me to join calls (but then we wont get enough projects to hit our targets and then LT gets mad at us and we lose our bonus), or to put off thr actual work til the next day (but then the work just keeps piling up and I have to work 20 hours instead of 15 hours the next day), or to pass it over to the more junior team members (but they were already overworked too and we never trained them properly to do everything cause all the more senior ppl were also overworked and LT wouldn't let us hire more ppl to fix any issue). It was a never ending and terrible cycle.

The age old question!

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