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I always find the 20/80 rule to come in handy for time management.
If you need to hand in any work (to your boss, your client, ...) make sure to ask feedback when your 80% ready (and thus only spent 20% of your time). If you're on the "wrong" track you didn't lose 80% of your time finishing something that has to be redone anyway AND you can probably save additional time of the remaining 80% from the pointers you received from the feedback.
With all the respect, I have a much better way - I'm walk out of the office every time somebody try to stress me with his problem, and telling him call to me when he calmed down...
After 15 years it has a magical effect - when someone want to talk me, he takes a deep breath to cal himself down and then addresses me...
Christian, I thought of you as an Australian contribution, even though I am not sure of your chirality, since it's so often reversed south of the equator
By the way, I suspect the demographic distribution of nut jobs is rather independent of nationality, but, of course systematic research is made almost impossible by the staggering number of people who succeed in convincing themselves, and others, they are "normal," many of whom are elected to high office where their insane actions are perceived as "business as usual."
“There are obvious things, and there are many obvious things no one tried, because no one needed to try them.” Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov, January 1, 2014