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Overcome mountains of work

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Q Some mornings, I walk into my office and get overwhelmed at how much work I have. I don’t know where to start, and I become immobilized. Hours go by. I don’t make headway on anything, which makes things worse. What’s going on?

A The sensation you describe arises from disorganization, then procrastination. The solution is to plan. Before you leave the office today, tidy up your desk and jot a note with your top three priorities for tomorrow. Arrange your workspace so that you’re ready to dig into your top-priority task. When you arrive, plunge directly into that task. Try to finish one task before you start another. Reprioritize as necessary. Just make sure you never have too many balls in the air at once.

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