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.