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Q. I feel overwhelmed with more work to do and less time to do it, because many of my co-workers have been laid off. How can I reorganize myself to accomplish more-so I can get out of here and go home at a decent hour?

Ans. Despite encouragement to "multitask" in our society-stop that kind of thinking. Stever Robbins, author of "Get-It-Done-Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More (St. Martin's Press $14.95) says focusing on one task at a time and doing similar tasks to.tether actually is less time-consuming and easier on the brain. He also says build stronger relationships so you can ask others to help. You also have to separate yourself from your email, text, and Facebook and Twitter. You probably don't realize-or want to admit-- how much of your time they are consuming.

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