Tips for getting out of the office on time

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Tips for getting out of the office on time

We all know our jobs can be kind of tricky, especially in this shaky economy. It seems that we are doing more with less, and working longer hours. How does a mom get out of work on time, so they can pick up their kid from daycare or after school programs? By being extremely organized at work. It's about time management. Set aside 15 minutes in the morning to organize your schedule. Set up your to-do list so that the most important tasks are first, then if you have anything at the end of the day, it won't be so crucial. Block off the last half-hour of your day as unavailable time. This will help you avoid last minute requests, and also, train your colleagues to respect your schedule. Fifteen minutes before your scheduled leave time, clean up your desk, get the tupperware out of the refrigerator, and leave them out; is a very visual cue that you are out the door. Treat scheduled pick ups as deadlines. That way you are able to get to them on time.

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Working Mother Magazine Executive Editor

As Working Mother magazine’s Executive Editor, Barbara Turvett is integrally involved in the magazine’s editorial viewpoint and planning. She oversees and edits women’s, family and work life content, top edits the entire magazine and also contributes to Barbara has specialized in parenting, women’s health and education topics throughout her career. She has written and edited for many national publications and websites, among them Parenting, Parents, Family Circle, Weight Watchers, Child, McCall’s, Sesame Street Parents, Healthy Kids, Men’s Fitness and American Baby magazines. Barbara has edited two award-winning early childhood education books, and she has written a health book and edited several cookbooks for Weight Watchers Publishing Group. Prior to life in publishing, she was an actress and singer and performed in film, theatre and nightclubs. Barbara enjoys life in New York City with her husband, teenage daughter and pet cockatiel.

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