By Marcelle Yeager
Workdays have become longer than they used to be. Time in the office may extend well into the evening, or you likely bring work home to finish after the kids go to bed. Technology is partly to blame for the ability to do work after the daily grind is over, which is something you need to fight against personally. But how can you make your workday and work environment more efficient to avoid having a lot of work to do in the evening hours?
Contrary to what you might think, the culprit is typically not a large workload. Often, your time is taken up by external forces that can be difficult (but not impossible) to control. How often do you complain about being overscheduled in meetings, or about the co-worker who chats with you incessantly about his problems?