It can be hard to say no when your employer entrusts you with a large stack of projects, but the easiest way to cope with this is to identify the most important tasks on your list and focus on those first.

Julia suggests prioritising your tasks and giving each one your full attention before moving onto the next one. “Many ‘urgent’ tasks take us away from more important long-term objectives. Some urgency is good to give us a boost in performance, but too much adrenaline creates more stress. The reality is not everything is urgent or necessarily important, so plan what’s important, not urgent,” she says.

Mastering this technique will be easier if you minimise distractions along the way, too. For example, allocate certain times of the day to check and respond to emails instead of attending to it every time a notification pops up. This will keep you focused on the tasks at hand, allowing you to clear your daily to-do list more efficiently.