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Can you put an end to busywork?

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Eliminate busyworkYou’ve probably said “I’m so busy” more than a few times in your life. On these occasions at work, Stephanie Vozza writes at Fast Company, you should consider whether you’re busy doing things that move your career forward vs. doing busywork that drains your energy.

Identify your busywork. Occasions where you don’t know why you’re doing a task, where you’re putting more energy into something than the results show or where you’re caught in a string of status meetings and missed deadlines are probably an indication that you’re bogged down with busywork. Your work should have a positive outcome that’s related to your company’s objectives and goals.

Discuss it with your boss. If you don’t understand how your tasks relate to the company’s goals or your own goals, it’s time to talk to your manager about why the work is valuable. There may be a bigger picture you’re not seeing, or your boss might decide to reconsider the work.

Eliminate true busywork. Only attend meetings when your presence is relevant, and avoid overusing email by only sending messages that advance action. Remove your name from email lists and subscriptions that aren’t helpful to your goals and your work.

Create a list of your necessary busywork. Some mundane tasks will always have to be done. Make a list of tasks like these that you can do when you have a few minutes to kill, such as when you’re waiting for an appointment or the office is slow after a big project has just finished.

— Adapted from “How To Stop Busywork From Holding Your Career Progress Back,” Stephanie Vozza, Fast Company.

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