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December 21, 2010

Do Your Worst Task First (Or, Eat a Live Frog Every Morning)

Filed under: General HR Buzz — Gene Mandarino, MAOD, SPHR, Manager HR Consulting @ 12:22 pm

The best work habit you can ever get into is very simple: Do your worst task first thing in the morning. Every given day, you’ve got one major to-do that’s highest priority. But when you’ve got the whole day stretching out ahead of you, it’s easy to put it off until after you get your coffee, check our email, or go to that meeting. But just like breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the first thing you accomplish at work sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Do your worst task first. By “worst” I mean “most important,” and by “most important” I mean the task you’re most likely to procrastinate on. The deadline you’re dreading, the slides for the presentation you’re terrified of giving, the research you’re sure will turn up information you don’t want to know. Do it, before you do anything else, before you have time to think about it too much. (more…)

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One Simple Secret to Managing Work Stress

Filed under: General HR Buzz — Gene Mandarino, MAOD, SPHR, Manager HR Consulting @ 11:57 am

More books have been written about stress management than any of us could ever read. Consultants, psychologists and psychiatrists have made their living on helping others deal with stress. While a myriad of tactics and tricks can help us manage stress at our jobs, one simple action is often overlooked: (more…)

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