- Do a weekly priority plan each Sunday evening. Make appointments with yourself during the coming well to be sure you complete these tasks. If it will take 45 minutes, slot in an hour for it.
- Create two file folders, one with your name on it and the other your boss’ name. Give the one with your name on it to your boss and show him the one with his name on it.
- Save all discussion items for each other in the folders and plan two meetings a week where you go through both folders together as quickly as possible. This way, your meetings are never dominated by one topic and each of you can prioritize the things they need the other’s help on just before each meeting.
- Never touch a piece of paper twice. Deal with it, delegate it, file it or toss it.
The real trick is doing it.
"Whoever wants to be a judge of human nature should study people's excuses."
-- Christian Friedrich Hebbel, German poet