Management Tip of the Day: Start your day with focus

Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:57am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Take a deep breath at the start of your work day and ask yourself if you are ready for what is to come, 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.

"When you're working on large goals, days can easily blend together. Instead of thinking about what needs to happen today, you're focusing on what needs to get done this week, month, or quarter.

But, don't lose sight of what's in front of you: one day of work. By starting each day right, you're more likely to do the work that leads to achievement of those bigger goals.

When you begin your day, pause and ask yourself whether you are ready for what is to come. Are you prepared for all your meetings? Do you know what work you need to accomplish? What risks can you anticipate and prepare for?

Answering these questions will help you make the most of each day and set you up for success in the long term."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "A Life-or-Death Question to Start Your Day" by Peter Bregman.

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