Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top: Cope with Overload

Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top: Cope with Overload

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Take a moment. When a colleague dashes in with five new 'number one priority' projects, it's tempting to panic and leap straight into action.

Stop. It may seem like a waste of precious minutes, but forming a plan will save you crucial time later on.

Get stuck in. Once you have a plan in place, be wary of 'action illusion'. What can feel like useful preparation (reordering your task list, again) could be glorified procrastination. Decide on your first steps, stop arranging and start doing.

Manage your energy. In a poll of US executives, more than half said Tuesday was their most productive day. Decide which days (and times) are your energy hotspots, then map tasks to match this curve.

Take control. Efficient people focus on what they can change and influence (eg, the engagement of the sales team) and don't spend time worrying about what's beyond their control (buyers' shrinking budgets) Boost your productivity and bust stress by focusing on where you can make a difference.

Let go. Nobody can achieve everything, so don't try. Could someone else draft the budget or attend the meeting? …

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