In my conversation with some of our readers, I noticed that some people have been complaining about not having enough time to do things at work. In Asian countries especially, this is bad because it sends a message to the boss that one is not an efficient worker. However, after more meaningful conversation, I found that some of it just needs a bit of organisational tweaking.
So… today I’m going to share some of these tactics, as a bit of a change. Implementing just one of these tactics will help add more time to your day. Implementing all of these tricks will maximise the amount of time you have to get things done. You’ll either get more accomplished every day, or reach the end of your to-do list with time to spare, that you can use however you want. You’ll find yourself much less stressed, and looking forward to work.
One: Create A To-Do List
At the end of your working day, make a to-do list for the next day. This will help you focus your attention on what needs to be done when you look at it tomorrow. In addition, it helps clear your mind so you can get a deeper, more restful sleep. With deeper and more restful sleep, you will have more energy to work with the next day.
Two: Learn How To Prioritise
Contrary to popular belief and exam techniques, you should learn to work on the tasks you dread the most, first! Once you get those out of the way, you’ll feel more accomplished, and moving through the rest of your day will be easier. As you prioritize the dreaded tasks, work on what is due first. This should be child’s play, but it’s surprising how many people don’t know how to do it.
Three: Impose Personal Deadlines
Okay, you probably already have deadlines, right? While that may be true, it is always a good habit to make your own deadline ahead of the client’s. This way you have a bit more flexibility in your schedule. If the project is due on Friday, give yourself a Thursday deadline. Getting things done early is better than having something happen on Thursday that prevents you from getting the project done by the real Friday deadline. Do it and find out how effective it is to avoiding unnecessary stress.
Four: Don’t Do Too Much Too Quickly
I might sound like I’m contradicting myself here, as it goes against the current of the opening paragraph. And yes, you might not even have a say in the matter. To some, it’s easy to overload oneself. However, don’t neglect self-management. If you are constantly overloaded, you’re going to burn out. If you find yourself overloaded, slowly cut back your work. Schedule more time for fewer projects.
Five: Set Some Boundaries
If you do have the freedom to make your own schedule, and change that schedule as necessary based on your current work and family demands, try to set work hours. That includes myself, who work in a Union. Another boundary to set is to limit one’s time on email and social media at work. Of course, this depends on your role at work. Commit to checking your email and social media only at the predetermined times on your schedule. Save all personal social media activities for your personal time when you are “off the clock.”
You’re ready to go implement these tactics and make yourself more productive! By making just a few changes to your office setup and the way you run your business, you can save yourself precious hours, ensuring you’re making the most of the time you have. Go forth and be productive!
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