We’re all just so “busy” these days. “Slammed” in fact. “Buried”. Desperately “trying to keep our heads above water”. While these common responses to “How are you?” seem like they’re lifted from the Worst Case Scenario Handbook, there seems to be a constant exchange, even a a one-upping, of just how much we have on our plates when we communicate about our work.
Dear Lifehacker, I’ve overloaded myself with work. I have a full-time job, thankfully, but I’ve taken on freelance work to pay the bills. This month I’ve found myself with too much to do. I’m supposed to help a friend move, and I have a freelance project I know I won’t have time to finish. How can I back out of some of my obligations so I don’t burn out?
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shocked the tech industry over the weekend by announcing his intention to quit within the next year — a surprising move given he has worked at Microsoft since 1980 and occupied the CEO chair since 2000. One key secret to his longevity in the role? A willingness to pack every second of his day for maximum efficiency.
iOS/Android: If you run out of hours in the day wishing you could make time for more important things, Chronos can tell you how much time you spend at work, home, the gym, in traffic and so on. It compiles all of the data into useful reports so you can see exactly where the hours go.
’20 per cent time’ — the ability to spend one-fifth of your time working on a project utterly unconnected with your day-to-day job — was always one of the most famous perks associated with working at Google. The bad news? While not officially dead, the perk isn’t something most employees can take advantage of any more.
Author and Microsoft program manager J.D. Meier offers this free time-management training course that will help you learn a new skill or build better habits through 30-day “improvement sprints”. The productivity method is based on the Agile software development method, but everyone can use it to stay on track while trying to make a significant change.