Management Tip of the Day: Four Steps to Getting Unstuck

Mon Jan 3, 2011 12:01pm EST
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - There are some simple steps to help you stop feeling overwhelmed by work and distractions and to restore a sense of calm, and it starts with making a list, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and (http:\\ Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"There are times of the year -- or the week, or the day -- when you simply have too much to do. You may buckle down and focus, or like many people, you may get overwhelmed and freeze up. Next time you are stressed out by how much you need to accomplish, take these four steps:

1. Make a list. Write down everything you need to do on a piece of paper.

2. Do the quick hits. Take 15 minutes, no more, to do the fastest things on your list: a quick email response, the 2-minute phone call. Use a timer to keep you focused.

3. Turn off distractions. Now spend 35 minutes focused on the tougher things on the list with your phone and email alerts switched off.

4. Take a break and repeat. Take a 10-minute break and start again. Before long, you'll have crossed enough off your list to restore your calm."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "A Practical Plan for When You Feel Overwhelmed" by Peter Bregman.