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1-Minute Strategies: September ’14

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Stop underpromising and overdelivering. Giving an estimate for when work will be done lets a customer or your boss plan other aspects of their workload, says HR technology pro Steve Boese. Dis­­hon­­esty followed by an “early” delivery will throw off the other person’s schedule and earn you praise you don’t deserve.

Learn to distinguish between smart multitasking and being “on the fast track to burn out.” Doing as many tasks as you can in as little time as possible disrupts the work/life balance and cuts the quality of your work because you’re always rushing, says executive coach Joel Garfinkle.

Focused too much on the future? Look at the present. Ensuring a good outcome re­­­quires stating your desired results and developing a vision that keeps you working toward those results, says career coach J. Gerald Suarez. If you’re stagnating, re-evaluate why you’re doing what you’re doing.

Fight stress and anxiety with a trip to an art museum. Research shows our brains feel rewarded when looking at art, and we should chase that calm feeling by allowing time to peruse an exhibit, says travel and style writer Starre Vartan. Don’t try to see everything the museum has to offer; focus on a few pieces.

More Americans hop on a bike to work. According to a study by the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of commuters biking to work has increased by 60% in the past 10 years. While cyclists make up less than 1% of all commuters in the United States, there has still been a significant jump in numbers. The Cen­­sus Bureau says about 488,000 bicyclists made the commute to work in 2000, which makes the 786,000 Ameri­­cans commuting by bicycle in 2008 to 2012 a significant jump.

— Adapted from “Biking to work increases 60% in past decade,” Larry Copeland, USA Today.

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