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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
The Search for Unusual Productivity Tips

There are countless articles about how to be more productive, with tips that are good but familiar. But what about improving productivity by working less? Or not caring as much about your job? Read on to discover some tips for being more productive that you probably haven't heard before.

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Naomi Karten
What Do You Do When You’re Stuck on a Problem?

Some problems we can resolve on our own in a couple of minutes. Some take more time, or we can’t resolve them alone. What do you do then? Johanna Rothman suggests scheduling a timebox to find a solution alone, then if that doesn't work, using one of the ideas in this story to "unstick" yourself.

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Johanna Rothman
How Much Time Do You Spend Doing Your Job versus Learning Your Job?

When was the most recent time you decided to learn something specific about your job? Many organizations do not build time in for learning in the workday. Instead of thinking you're too busy doing your job to take time to learn, ask yourself if you can incorporate learning into everything you do.

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Johanna Rothman
What Do You Do on a Snow Day?

Extreme weather happens, and it can make getting into the office difficult (or impossible). Do you try to collaborate remotely? What if everyone else is taking the day off? If you still want to get some work done (instead of building snowmen), here are some perfect tasks you can do on your own.

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Johanna Rothman
If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Time to Innovate

If you feel like you are getting stretched too thin at this time of year and just have too much to accomplish, Johanna Rothman understands. She has some suggestions that help her get back on track, including prioritizing the big things first, taking breaks, and not letting yourself stay stuck.

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Johanna Rothman