How to find an extra hour a day

Finding just one extra hour in the working day could be the secret to getting off the hamster wheel.

Pinpointing daily time wasters could not only make you more productive, but lead to an empowering sense of control and ability to focus.

Transforming from an overburdened worker into an organised leader is all about changing habits,Larry Lucas, director of Frontline Management Institute, says.

“It’s easy to get distracted by all of the little things that come up – let’s face it, there are always things to be done,” he says.

“But if we focus our time on those little things we fail to work on the more important, although perhaps not so urgent things. Success comes from working on the longer term important things as well as dealing with the immediate urgent things.”

Freeing up an extra hour each day can usually be achieved by planning your work at the end of each day for the following day, keeping a tight written schedule, cutting out time wasters and delegating work, Lucas says.

Take a step back from your working day to spot these inefficiencies:

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Here are four really easy ways to stretch your day.

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Have you mastered this commonly overlooked career skill?

Chances are you’ve heard a friend complain about having to “manage up.” The act of managing up is often cast in a negative light — an inappropriate act of having to cover for a manager who would have otherwise let things fall through the cracks.

But just as managing down to a team is a complex responsibility that requires much practice, so is managing up. Both are essential skills for career development, and both are far more involved than simply delegating work or picking up an extra project.

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How to learn the art of managing up.

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Is A Higher-Paying Job Worth Extra Stress?

It’s an unfortunate balance that many of us debate: a high paying job or one with a good work-life balance. In an ideal world you could have both, but that’s not the reality for most people.

The answer is heavily dependent on your current finances, your financial obligations, your savings and saving goals, what you want out of your career, and what you care about most in life. It’s also dependent on where you are in your life right now; sometimes that kind of trade-off makes sense at one stage of your life but wouldn’t interest you during another stage

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You love your job, but you’re offered a 50 raise to work somewhere with a stressful work culture. What should you do?

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The Next Generation of Social Media in the Office

When you need to get a message to a colleague, what’s your preferred mode of communication? Do you dash off an email, pick up the phone, or maybe send an instant message via the company’s intranet? A lot has changed since the era of interoffice memos, and how you choose to communicate could well be a generational choice. According to a new study from Peter W. Cardon at the University of Southern California and Bryan Marshall at Georgia College, age differences increasingly result in sharp divergences in how employees connect and correspond with one another.

Email still reigns supreme in the workplace, the authors found, but social media networks are poised to take over.

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Email is still the king of office communications, but company-hosted social networking platforms are gaining in popularity, especially among younger workers.

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Google has found that its most successful teams have 5 traits in common

Google HR spent two years researching its teams to see what distinguishes the most successful ones.

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Following the success of Project Oxygen, an internal study of what it takes to be a top manager at Google that started in 2008 and whose findings are still used today, the company undertook another study, this one of team dynamics.

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