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Hiding items on your daily to-do list may seem counter-intuitive, but copywriter Francesca StaAna suggests that to focus on the immediate task before you, it's vital to cover up the others with a Post-It note or some other shield.

Let your worries be a driving force

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Fear of failing with an innovation, or of being criticized, can lead us to lose a sense of urgency, says entrepreneur Seth Godin. But the original Mac was developed in a blur, and Willie Nelson once wrote three hit songs in a day. You must similarly push forward, relentlessly. Seth's Blog

Mind your manners with business cards

When someone hands you a business card, hold on to it throughout the conversation. It's rude to stuff it in your pocket without looking. And if you forget the person's name you can sneak a peak, advise consultants Gayle Hallgren-Rezac, Judy Thomson and Darcy Rezac. Shepa Learning Company

Brand your website with page buttons

Designer Marc Hemeon says the page "buttons" on your website can be its most recognizable brand element besides your logo. Choose a height for all buttons (they can vary in width) and a consistent style, such as rounded corners. Limit yourself to three distinct button colours.

Track your tasks with a Trello list

Trello is a free to-do list for projects, helping you to keep track of smaller tasks with a group on task-based boards using digital cards that can be moved around.

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Harvey Schachter is a Kingston, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online column, Power Points. More


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