John Lennon had said, “It’s fear of the unknown. The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that-it’s all illusion. Unknown is what it is. Accept that it’s unknown and it’s plain sailing. Everything is unknown-then you’re ahead of the game. That’s what it is. Right?” For Pan Atlantic, we make it our goal to stay ahead and on top of our game. Leaders cannot be leaders if they are always behind. “Initially, success and results come from starting strong, staying focused and consistent,” says Justin Cobb, Managing Director of Pan Atlantic. We’ve done our research and experimented to see what strategies have helped us. Pan Atlantic has narrowed down the top three methods that we believe have helped us stay on top of our game, and can work for you as well!

Put Responsibilities First

If you’re supposed to save money to buy a car for your commute, don’t waste your money on things you don’t need. When you figure out what’s important and what is not, you are able to put things into perspective. This will help you procrastinate less and keep your focus strong. “Conquer the hardest and most overwhelming tasks first and then put everything else next. Not only will you feel productive, but you’ll evidently notice the changes,” says Justin Cobb of Pan Atlantic.

Understand That You’re Human and Imperfect

The business world is filled with different tools and variables. Nothing is the same and most times the strategies implemented are trial and error. If you have been trying really hard to stay on top, but haven’t seen results, you can learn from what’s not working. Each mistake counts because it leads you closer to seeing what works. Analyze your error and figure out what to do next and better.

Be Realistic

Human beings aren’t built like robots. We’re filled with emotional, personal and other needs. If you overwork yourself, as though you are a robot, you will burn out rather than a candle. Know the limit between healthy and not healthy. If you feel overwhelmed, take a moment to breathe. Back up and put your health first. Pressure is a strong factor that leads to burning out. Success takes time and a balance, understand that.