3. Make more work for yourself
Summer's certainly vacation season, but it can also be a great time to get ahead so you're not overwhelmed during the busy holiday season, Battles says.
"This tip may not be the most popular, but it has merit. If you tend to feel overwhelmed for much of the year, see what you can do in the slower summer months to make your workload in the fall and winter a little easier to manage. You also can proactively develop new project ideas or research new business opportunities. Your manager will surely appreciate the effort, which will go a long way in your next performance review," Battles says.
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