Cosmopolitan (India) - - ZEST -

De­pend­able, en­thu­si­as­tic types of­ten have count­less ex­tra tasks sent their way. Flat­ter­ing, yes, but never see­ing the end of your to-do list can rob you of any sense of achieve­ment in the short-term, while in the long-term, you risk burn-out. It’s easy to be a su­per-or­gan­ised, pri­ori­tis­ing whizz when your work­load is man­age­able, but when you’re over­whelmed with projects, it’s dif­fi­cult not to slip into merely deal­ing with daily cri­sis or an­swer­ing calls or e-mails as other work stacks up, says life coach Janey Hol­i­day ( mak­ingth­ingseasy.com). “A ‘smart list’ will shift the bal­ance so the bulk of your work goes back to be­ing proac­tive and goal-driven.”

Here’s how to do it:

first one, write a list of monthly goals both you and your boss agree you need to achieve. For ex­am­ple, set three 15-minute slots to read e-mails through­out the day, then close down your e-mail pro­gramme in be­tween. But make sure your col­leagues know about your new ap­proach—that way they know that if they want an an­swer ur­gently, they will need to shimmy on over to your desk or pick up the phone. net­work­ing. “Ex­am­ine your work habits care­fully,’ says Charles Lin­den, au­thor of Stress Free In 30 Days. “If you’re wast­ing your work time check­ing so­cial me­dia sites, then hav­ing to work longer hours to make up the time, you need to set your­self some rules.”

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