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First on your to-do list? The unpleasant tasks

Start your to-do list with the task you least want to do.

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Consultant Wally Bock limits his to-do list to five items. He sets the top item the night before, and fills in the rest at work. He tackles disagreeable tasks first, often scheduling them the night before to get them off his mind. Three Star Leadership Blog

Keep top talent by stressing their value

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If you don't want to lose top talent, Right Management consultant Sean Dineen urges you to let high potentials know they are valued. And don't assume every one of them wants to be a leader: Many don't want to tackle that challenge.

Driving product demand is key to success

Business consultant Donald Cooper stresses that increasing the overall demand for what you sell – making the pie bigger, rather than figuring out on how to divide it with competitors – is an important part of success. A good example: Home Depot's do-it-yourself seminarsDonald Cooper Corp. Newsletter

Broaden your focus beyond yourself

Stop focusing on the quality of your work, because people care more about the quality of their own work, advises blogger Ben Drake. Help others improve by asking them what they need from you to help them soar.

App helps retrieve clipboard items

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, loves Jumpcut, an app that allows you to store and easily retrieve 40 copied or cut items from your computer clipboard.

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