Improve systems. Streamline processes. Eliminate unnecessary tasks.
No matter where you are in your career, don’t fall into the “if I’m busy, I must be important” trap.
Figure out how to do your job better, in less time, and people will notice. And you’ll have the bandwidth to take on more challenging work (i.e. get promoted).
And here’s a bonus tip for those who are already managers: Hire your replacement.
Look for smart people who want to move up and groom them for your role.
Don’t be afraid to teach them everything you know. Their drive to succeed will increase your team’s overall productivity. And having a successor queued up will give you the freedom to move on when new opportunities arrive.