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Make Your Task List Disappear

Shrink your to-do list by maximizing every hour of your day.

This story appears in the March 2006 issue of Start Up.

You've got a million things to do, and you feel like you don't ever have enough time. But according to the productivity experts we talked to, you can complete your to-do list with time to spare.

To help keep you optimally productive, it's important to set both long- and short-term goals with small action steps, says Laura Stack, author of Leave the Office Earlier. "[You shouldn't] have these huge, lofty goals that you don't have any way of translating into daily activity," she says. Stack also suggests maximizing your efficiency when it comes to administrative tasks by planning blocks of time in which to accomplish payroll, accounting or phone calls.

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