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During uncertainty, panic paralyzes many people into inaction. However, history shows that crises often give birth to world-changing inventions and enterprises. General Electric, Disney, Burger King, and Microsoft are just a sampling of successes that started during recessions. Adversity can be a formidable foe that cripples our minds and stunts our growth. Or we can harness it to be a powerful ally that pushes us to think and act differently. Discover ways to vamp up your productivity and creativity in tough times.

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1. Set small daily priorities

The volume and seeming magnitude of tasks we face daily can quickly overwhelm us, tempting us to feel as if there is no point in trying. Sometimes, we need to break down the big picture into manageable portions. Zoom in on what you want to accomplish every day, week, month, and year. Work on three or four small but essential tasks that will move you closer to your goals.

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