More with less was the mantra from bosses during the recession. It may be a useful concept for taking control of your busy life. On Little Dumb Man, personal development blogger Sherri Kruger suggests you can do less at work and get more accomplished.
First, attend fewer meetings. Ask the meeting organizer if you're essential to the gathering. If not, skip it. If yes, ask what they need you for, which allows you to be well prepared so you can keep the meeting moving along.
Second, don't do "busy work." Ms. Kruger notes that there is a tendency for us to get caught up in making presentations "pretty" or reorganizing spreadsheets and doing work that has very little value or impact on your role as a whole. "Question what you do," she advises. "Why are you doing this? Is it essential? Will it make a difference? Does anybody care?"