Identify time wasters and get rid of them (e.g. scanning junk mail catalogues). Ask, “what is the worst thing that could happen if I don’t do this?” Socializing at work is fun, but can be a major problem for your productivity.

As a chief resident, you should have access to a private office space, thus allowing accessibility by the faculty and residents without needless distractions and interruptions that occur in a common room. The most likely time wasters in a chief resident’s life are personal disorganization, inadequate planning, lack of self-discipline, ineffective delegation, procrastination, inadequate information, socialization, and failure to capture small chunks of time.