Always put a couple of quick and easy things on your list so you can cross them off and gain momentum for the day. This zaps the hopeless feeling of “I was busy all day and didn’t get anything done.”
• Freshen up your email signature
• Print out that contract and put it in outgoing mail
• Return a phone call
• Refill your frequently-used office supplies
• Read a career-related blog post like Tim’s Strategy or a short piece in the Working Smart section of Working World to kick up motivation a notch.
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