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Box with "Now" checked Stop Procrastinating and Start Getting Things Done

Everyone procrastinates sometimes. But if it's becoming a real problem for you, there are things you can do to try to overcome chronic procrastination. For instance, try dividing your work into small, manageable steps, setting time limits for tasks, and eliminating distractions. Read on for more tips.

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Naomi Karten
Calendar with deadline circled Gain a Competitive Advantage by Meeting Your Deadlines

When you agree to do something by a certain date, do you meet your deadline? Many people don’t, which turns into a huge competitive advantage for those who do. That's because when people know you as someone they can count on to help them meet their own deadlines, you’re the one they’ll turn to for other opportunities.

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Naomi Karten
Time waster: Clock thrown out in garbage Stop These Major Time-Wasting Activities at Work

Most time wasters at work fall into one of three categories: personal, organizational, and technological. There may not be much you can do about some typical time-wasting activities—like certain meetings—but there are some you can control, which means you can dump them to be more productive.

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Naomi Karten
Should You Cancel Your Next Meeting?

Of course meetings are often necessary, but sometimes they are just rituals without meaning. At your job, would anyone recognize if a meeting weren't efficient or essential? When was the last time a meeting you were scheduled to attend was canceled because it wasn’t a good use of anyone’s time?

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Payson Hall
Dealing with a Manager Who Says Everything Is Urgent

If your boss regularly wants something done immediately, regardless of whether the matter is truly top priority, you're in the unenviable position of being perpetually "ASAP'd." To break the cycle of dropping everything for inconsequential tasks, you may need to try managing your manager. Read on for ideas.

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Naomi Karten
When It Comes to Time Management, Are You a Procrastinator or a Precrastinator?

Everyone knows procrastination, or putting off something you have to do. Fewer people know about its opposite, precrastination, which is the tendency to start and finish a task as soon as possible. Believe it or not, each option has benefits and drawbacks. Would you try the opposite of your typical approach?

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Naomi Karten
Agile Methods for Tackling the Work You Don’t Want to Do

We all have work we don't want to do. Some of it is boring or unpleasant, but there's another type: work we don't know if we can finish to our satisfaction. It's hard to tackle a task you're not an expert at. Johanna Rothman offers two classic project management approaches to face the work you're putting off.

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Johanna Rothman
Happy but Tardy? How Optimism and Punctuality Relate

Some say optimists usually have something in common: They're always late. Could this be because optimists think they can do more in a specified period of time than they actually can? Or is running late unrelated to a sunny outlook? Regardless of whether you're an optimist, you can become a time realist.

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Naomi Karten