updated 1/17/2006 5:39:10 PM ET 2006-01-17T22:39:10

Some of the ideas from the experts on how to work smarter:

Sheila Adler, time management instructor with the American Management Association:

  • Before you go home each day, write down the six most important things you need to do tomorrow.
  • Schedule the most important things first.
  • Be realistic about how long things take.
  • Allow time for the unexpected.
  • Don’t waste the first hour of the day, when you’re freshest.

David Fagiano, chief operating officer of Dale Carnegie Training:

  • Keep a time log of your activities for a week.
  • Look at what can be eliminated or streamlined.
  • Sit down with your boss and make sure what you’re doing is in line with his or her needs and company goals.

Julie Morgenstern, author of “Never Check E-mail in the Morning”:

  • Review your to-do list and delete unnecessary tasks.
  • Reschedule or delay some tasks so they don’t interfere with major projects.
  • Delegate tasks to others, especially if they can do them better or faster.
  • Create shortcuts, such a templates for client reports, to diminish the time needed for repetitive tasks.

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