"People who tend to have anticipatory expectations — forecasting how something will feel — if reality doesn't match that feeling, it may throw them for a loop," said Dr. Gail Saltz, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of Medicine.
So starting the week thinking this is going to be a piece of cake probably isn't the best idea. What to do instead? "Make a list at the beginning of the week of everything you must accomplish before the end of your week. Only include critical tasks and focus on those," said David Allen, author of the popular book, "Getting Things Done."
Another approach? "Set an intention for each day and make a list in your head of the top three things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the day," advised Chris Bailey, the author of the book and blog, The Productivity Project. "It's so stupidly simple, but it helps you decide what's not important and helps you focus for the day."
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