Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top: Maintain Momentum

Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top: Maintain Momentum

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Find your flow. Set realistic goals that challenge you and you'll tap into what psychologists call 'flow'. Passion fuels momentum, so get excited about what you're doing.

Plan ahead. When starting a project, establish who'll be involved and in what capacity. Contact departments and individuals in advance to set up channels of communication. Sharing ideas will get everyone on board from the start.

Keep a sense of urgency. Communicate impending deadlines, explain consequences and reward quick turnaround.

Mix it up. Match each task to your energy levels throughout the day. If you're on best form first thing, work on something tricky and challenging, and leave the admin till later.

Check in. Tell a colleague what you're working on and ask them to review your output later in the day. Sharing the results will keep you on your toes and encourage others to keep up.

Know the risks. Write a list of hurdles that stand in the way of success. Ask colleagues with experience, research the pitfalls and know your team's culture. …

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