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Would love to hear tips about how you manage your day? do you have a 15 min break every 2 hours? block time i’m am and pm to do work? I’m a new MD and would love tips n tricks to managing the 8000 calls a day with sales time/ client time/and the onslaught of admin stuff…

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Avoid Zoom or team meetings since many of those meetings can be summarized in an email. Allocate just 1 hour in the morning to answer all your emails. Make people get used to your system, not the opposite.

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You'll have to try stuff and figure out what works best for you. Personally, I keep a physical (yes - handwritten) to-do list. I also block out segments of time on my calendar that are dedicated to specific tasks, like reading/responding to emails and voicemails. When I really need to concentrate and do deep work, I put on headphones. My colleagues know not to bother me unless it's absolutely necessary.

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Prioritize the calls u need to take and delegate the rest

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There will always be more calls / meetings. Proactively block “work / no meeting time” otherwise you are at risk of your calendar filling up. Also block “soft no” and “hard no” time at the beginning and end of your workday. Your admin should know what qualifies for the soft no spot (usually a call with a senior client for me)

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You still need tips for this as a MD?

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I do a 15-minute break every two hours. Plus I block out time in the afternoon to grind since I know those are peak productivity hours for me. Part of it will depend on your own rhythm.

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Yeah, I take 15 minute breaks from sleep between 12-6 am.

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Morning is serious work time, afternoon is fighting fires

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Yup. I do 15 minute breaks every 2 or 3 hours (depends on my drive). Luckily, my workplace has a breakroom from where I can take a breather.

I block off 30 min for lunch and and also block review time for urgent items. Also I save admin stuff / web trainings for the evenings when my brain is tired and it’s hard to do client work

I try to take a 20 -30 min Power Nap Block your calendar for breaks or Power Nap. Try not to join every meeting

I’m the most productive in the morning so I wake up early to get priority work done before everyone else is online. I also try to block off at least 2 hours a day for focused work, and am ‘offline’ on Skype outside key working hours so I’m not distracted by random Skype messages

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