Management Tip of the Day: Start your workday with a ritual

Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:10am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Bringing ritual to your workday can be a way to stay calm and focused among the constant distractions, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Many people constantly feel starved for time, hurrying through the day while fighting countless distractions and struggling to stay focused. One way to remain calm and centered is by bringing rituals into your workday.

Rituals are about paying attention. If you take a moment to notice what you are about to do, you remind yourself to appreciate and focus on the task, rather than rush through it.

For example, when you sit down at your desk in the morning, pause before your turn on your computer or pick up the phone. Take a deep breath and give thought to what you are about to do. You may find this focus helps you accomplish tasks more carefully and productively."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "The Value of Ritual in Your Workday" by Peter Bregman.

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