Nine Tips to Help You Work Smarter and Avoid Workplace Overload - Slide 10

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Open your calendar to 180 days from today. There, write three to four paragraphs describing what you’ll have done, where you’ll have been and what will have happened by then. This kind of forecasting is good to do from time to time, and by spending 10 or so minutes at the beginning of the year thinking about the next six months, you’ll put your goals into action.

The year has barely begun, but you probably already feel like you’ve fallen behind in accomplishing what you need to accomplish this year. In many cases rampant layoffs have created enormous workloads for those who still have jobs. But regardless of the reasons for your burgeoning workload, knowing how to make more efficient use of your time is becoming a prized skill.

Jason Womack is a workplace performance expert, executive coach and author of the book, “Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More.” He has a lot of tips for overcoming overload and doing a better job of time management, and Don Tennant picked nine that he thought might be particularly useful to highlight here.

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