Questions around how to control where one allocates energy over the course of a work day. Where does one spend time and make the most of that time in the office.

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What is an appropriate way to tell a project manager their timeline is unrealistic? [duplicate]

I have a few project managers that I answer to, and therefore, every now and then I'll have to work out prioritizing my work, thus, delaying the work handed to me by other project managers. The ...
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In Over my Head and High Expectations

I am currently working as a game developer. I am a recent grad (only graduated from university 2 years ago) and I seem to be in over my head. I started out at the company as a QA/maintenance ...
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How to deal with a boss that continues to do day-to-day work?

My boss (and, actually, his boss too, which is the company general director) are generally quite good. But it happens (seldom, but frequently enough) that they start to fiddle with the details: day to ...
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How can I deal with someone who is always nitpicking?

One of the developers of my team is causing a bit of "stress" inside the team. We are organized in an Agile team (we use Scrum), and we meet regularly, both for the various "ceremonies" (estimating ...
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Speed or Quality [closed]

I recently graduated from school for computer science. In school, I would code, and it was horrible. Then I would rewrite it, and it was better, but still horrible. Then I would rewrite it, and ...
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Recording the time spent on projects in a somewhat unpredictable environment

I work in a small engineering company whose engineering department consists of a small handful of engineers. We will generally have one or two major development projects ongoing, but are also required ...
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What is a nice way to say I'M BUSY without saying I'M BUSY? (How do I manage workplace distractions?) [duplicate]

I work out of a couple offices, although I would get more work done if I were at home or in a closed office, for a real estate office. I get bombarded with a constant influx of projects that I ...
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Co-worker takes up my time talking and asking advice? [duplicate]

I am relatively new to my job and my co-worker has been there many years. For the past 5 months she has been taking up my time, while at work, with her personal problems and I feel I will get in ...
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To complete tasks at work I have to ignore new email, yet still reference old email to get the task done [closed]

I'm having a time management issue. To complete my technical work, I find it helpful to close my email tab. This gives me quiet time to get work done without feeling compelled to look at my inbox and ...
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How do I handle non-technical project manager whose estimation is always half than my estimation [duplicate]

How do I handle the situation where the non-technical project manager never agreed to our estimated time line and as per him it should be half or even less than what we had estimated? According to ...
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Dealing with lack of work in new job efficiently and professionally [duplicate]

I joined this IT company 3 months ago for my first job as C developer. I graduated last summer as software engineer and to make things clear, this is not my first "Getting in touch" with professional ...
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How to cope with an employee who stays late and do work on saturdays?

I work in the IT industry. One of my employee works late and on weekends. I, on the other hand, arrive and leave on time. The project schedule is tight, and others are asking me to work extra hours, ...
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How to utilize the free time during office hours? [duplicate]

I am a software developer and most of the times when I find free time I read few news or technical websites like Techcrunch, Gizmodo, etc or read Twitter. How do I utilize this time to the maximum, ...
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How to reply to large number of cross-company e-mails that require a lot of research, problem-solving and communicating tech ideas to non-tech people? [closed]

I recently started feeling too much was on my plate and in an effort to help me become more efficient, my boss asked me to keep track of all my tasks and record the time I require. I am a new manager ...
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Working alone and working overloaded with priority responsibilities + ADHD

I work in a very small privately owned manufacturing business (<5 administrative employees) as the only web developer (official title, but see second paragraph). My boss is the owner. I currently ...
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How to communicate you couldn't meet a deadline because you were exhausted?

I work beyond normal hours quite regularly (often continue at home after dinner) and occasionally I finish working on something but don't "Send" or finish the very final part just because I get too ...
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How to respond to your boss when he ask what took so long to finish a project?

I was assigned multiple projects at work and one of the projects my boss is asking what took so long to complete. The project he is referring to was reassigned to me with not enough information to ...
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How effective is time recording software? [closed]

Many local software companies expect their employees to log the time they spend at work against tasks in some time recording software. This is usually to track how long employees take to complete ...
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I finish the project too early, what should I do now? [duplicate]

I have been given a project deadline with a total duration of 1 month, but I finish the project for just 2 weeks. Now, what should I do? Past Experiences: What I experienced before when I chose to ...
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How to politely bring up that I need more work [duplicate]

I am working a salaried position at a small software firm. Currently I am on a team that is working on a large program that is broken down into small features, which our project lead will assign to ...
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Is there a good rule of thumb for how much time should be spent working vs. other things? [closed]

Relatively new to working in a professional/office environment. I've been worried about making sure that I try my hardest to stay on task. However, when I look behind me one of my co workers is ...
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Research and proof of concept work for an unapproved project [closed]

I've been rolling an idea around in the back of my head for a coding project at a company I was recently hired on to that would add significant value to my company's primary software package. My ...
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How to nurture an active relationship and involvement with your company or organization after leaving it?

Outside my normal full-time job I also work as a volunteer for a charity with no specific hours but professionally set goals, service levels and processes. It is indeed like a flexible part-time job. ...
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How do CEOs of some companies have time to be board members of others? [closed]

I've noticed in many big corporations that the CEOs or people with executive board member positions also have jobs of high positions elsewhere. How is this possible if those positions are so ...
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How to ask to reschedule

I was replying to e-mails in chronological order. An e-mail from Bill asked me my availability to meet with him today. I replied any time after 10. Then, I read the next e-mail, and someone who I had ...
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Project timeframe issue

I have recently been promoted to team lead. My project manager is assigning a new project to me along with two team members. I have discussed the project scope and efforts with project manager and ...
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How to manage expectations in a business with fast and frequent turnaround times

The core business of my employer is closely related to news. Just like journalists, we ideally need to respond as and when we know that some event has happened - though it is not always critical for ...
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Need help in work management [closed]

I am finding difficulty in finishing tasks on time. And lately, this is affecting me and my professional life a lot. At work, my boss is getting judgmental about this and discarding all my good ...
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Am I right to consider workload when new good ideas are suggested by my team?

Sometimes people in my team (including a Mr. Know-It-All, as he is often leading the revolutionary charge) come up with some really good ideas or valid criticism. If they require very little time ...
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Does Being Paid Salary Mean My Days Should Be Longer? [closed]

I was recently moved from hourly pay to salary pay so I'm used to leaving work on time. Now that I'm salary though I keep getting remarks from management that seem point at I should be staying at work ...
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How can I inform management that our time tracking procedure is flawed? [closed]

A director at a company I worked for mandated that all time-sheets be accurate to within 5 minutes for each task, so that future projects can be estimated accurately in terms of time and cost. There ...
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Meet internal targets while overworked VS postpone work to when feeling better?

I know since Tuesday morning that we will need to complete assignments A, B & C by Friday. Normally all three would require the full working days from Tuesday to Friday - so we start working on ...
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What is a 'friendly' way to let managers know that having good developers is a privilege?

I work for a small company, where we recently had a change of managers. The new manager has no experience managing developers, and the old manager has moved into a development role to fill in gaps ...
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How to communicate something negative without feeling like a backstabber?

I have difficulties communicating other people's mistakes/shortcomings. The most common time this happens to me is when my department head assigns me with supervising a project to deadline, but my ...
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early morning and late afternoon emails [closed]

I've recently read an article about how the successful managers don't read emails first thing in the morning. The question I have is very general. How to handle the work emails you receive (mostly ...
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How to manage managerial deadlines with a volatile and eventful health condition?

I have, like most professionals today, a deadline-driven job. I also have, unlike most, unpredictable health events. There are periods in which I am just like everyone else. I am also very ambitious ...
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How to Manage Your Employees' Absences and Late Arrivals?

I am working in a small (4 people) team (agency industry) and we are on the right track regarding the productivity. The company is really flat and liberal but doesn't allow remote work but on the ...
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How can I avoid selective enforcement of rules against me?

Most people in my department often come to the office very late with rather odd excuses such as "my wife forgot to wake me up" "I slept on my leg funny and couldn't walk in the morning" "I ...
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How to handle a situation where my meeting deadlines is delayed by someone superior to me?

I am in a management position where my role is to coordinate and assemble the first hand manual research and analysis of raw data by junior business analysts, which I have to give to my direct ...
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How do you tell a business user politely that the work she's requesting has to come through my boss?

I have a customer that has been going through me to request work. All requests need to go through my manager before we can address them. I have already sent her 3 mails stating this. The last 2 ...
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What to do when overwhelmed at work? [closed]

How should one go about doing their work, when there are far too many simultaneous and non-related ongoing tasks to do? Right now, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with the things I am expected to do. ...
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Handling pressure and stress in an inescapable position? [closed]

I am currently working as a software developer and I feel that my work load is too heavy. To make this problem worse my supervisor asks me to finish everything in a day when the amount of work I have ...
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Arriving earlier and earlier [closed]

Arriving earlier and earlier My boss keeps getting me to come in earlier and earlier. Is it OK for me to ask him if I can come in later? I have the following reasons why I think I should be allowed: ...
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Small general construction business that needs help getting crew to provide DETAILED info on exactly what tasks they did and how long it took

Cliff note version, we need to be able to provided detailed info about what tasks each crew member did on a daily basis. Easy example, we cannot justify billing a customer x amount when currently ...
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What sort of reasoning can I use to differently review two employees who provide the same output?

I have two employees, Alan and Beth. If I assign a task to be completed within 4 weeks (which is enough plus some slack to spare), both will finish on time with the same quality of work. The big ...
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How to keep track of time spent helping others?

I'm a fast learner so I often become the go-to guy in the office (and out of it, but that's off topic), I love helping people and I learn much from seeing different perspectives, ideas (even bad ones) ...
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How to stay productive during work system downtime? [duplicate]

When systems are down and I cannot do my work so I have a free hour or possibly more, what is an acceptable means of passing time in the office for an engineer? In the present situation all my work ...
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How can I tell my manager the task I was assigned is beyond my current ability?

I was hired a year ago as a new graduate to my company. I have been learning the job as I go along, helping out with smaller tasks (modifications to C++, C#, vb6 programs) rather than being ...
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How can I get out of meetings? [duplicate]

We have a LOT of meetings at my job. Individual departments have meetings. Then, people from every department have cross-department meetings to make sure everyone is on the same page. Somehow ...
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Meeting starting before I'm contracted to start working

My scheduled hours of my office are 09:30-17:30, and we have a big project starting, which will cost the company lots of money if it fails. The project manager for this project has scheduled ...