INTRODUCTIONThe Case for Reduction

If you’re serious about your career, then you’ve probably read a number of books about time management and productivity in an effort to make better use of your workday. So what’s new about this one? What to Do When There’s Too Much to Do is unique in its approach to workflow, and I think you’ll find it a breath of fresh air in an overcrowded and increasingly redundant field. Simply stated, the central message is it’s better to do less, not more, so you can do better, more focused work.

Many workers find this a startling concept, because they increasingly have to work harder and longer with fewer resources—and that’s precisely why my message is so very important. Over the last few decades we’ve learned to be ...

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