You glance at the to-do-list on your desk. There are eight simple tasks and one challenging project. You have already put off the project for a couple of days because it’s complex and will take most of your day, if not your entire day, to complete. Nothing on the list is due immediately. What do you do? Some executives knock out all of the smaller projects first and save the intimidating job for the end of the day. The thinking is that you will be more productive and ready to tackle that behemoth job. Unfortunately, that’s the wrong choice. Executives should be focusing on the most important or challenging tasks first thing in the morning, according to experts.
The New Year has come and gone. It’s almost February and many business leaders are already wishing they had another vacation or an extra day off on the horizon. Coming back to work after a long holiday break can be challenging. Those first few days back you may hit the ground running—catching up on emails and the work that was missed—but shortly thereafter many executives hit a wall. You can call it a post-vacation slump or post-holiday blues, but the result is the same. You will wake up feeling unmotivated and dread going to work. Fortunately, there are a few strategies that can help business leaders overcome that slump, stay productive and reenergize their work routine.