Busy professionals in all industries struggle with the challenge of managing their schedules. Often, their days are full of distractions, interruptions and lengthy meetings that cut significantly into their abilities to get critical tasks done. Taking charge of your schedule, along with discipline and focus, are the best ways to help keep interruptions and time-sucking events at a minimum.

This infographic presents four useful tips on how to manage your days. It begins with your consistent use of a daily planner to map your schedule, but it’s also critical to eliminate distractions such as social media and email notifications. Taking breaks also boost productivity, as they help clear your mind and regain focus once you return. Finally, limiting meetings to 30 minutes and setting clear agendas will stop up the time leaks in your schedule.