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When you’re chronically busy and stressed, it’s easy to react in ways that make the situation worse rather than better.
o For example, if you have a million tasks on your to-do list, you may not think you have time to stop and prioritize. But simply barreling through everything that feels urgent isn’t an efficient strategy.
o Step back and rank your tasks based on urgency and importance. Whatever meets both criteria should be done first; everything else can wait.
o You should also look for simple solutions to problems that eat away at your time. Constantly forget to charge your phone? Keep a power cord at the office.
o Catch the same mistakes again and again? Ask your team to make a checklist for spotting their common errors. Travel for work a lot? Create a universal packing list so that planning takes less mental effort. Strategies like these will give you more energy, confidence, and time.
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