We all want to accomplish more during the day. Unfortunately for many of us, our Type A personalities won’t ever let us delegate even the small stuff. We end up getting stuck trying to do the work of three (or more) people every day. There’s so much to do and just so little time to do it in.
Here are some tips that you can use to get through that to-do list without pulling out your hair to do it:
1. Set Up Your Office Properly
You want your office to be inviting and a place you actually want to work in. If you’re spending half of your time fighting the urge to get up and flee your work space, you won’t be able to accomplish very much. Give yourself the best office setup possible by shopping at www.officedesk.com. When your office is an inviting space you’ll look forward to working in it and won’t have to spend time each morning acclimating yourself to the space.
2. To-Do List
Create your to-do list first thing in the morning. There are some who will tell you that it’s best to create tomorrow’s to-do list at the end of the work day today. This can cause some people to stress out even more and feel like they need to continue working. This can get in the way of you enjoying any “off” time. It can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. It prevents you from taking pride in accomplishing everything on your list because you’re constantly focused on a list of things to do. Creating your list first thing in the morning allows you to do that while you’re still fresh, well rested and have a good perspective on your day.
3. Pair up non-important tasks with important tasks
This type of multi-tasking allows you to get more done without having to sacrifice the quality of your work in favor of increasing your quantity of work. For example, you can sort through your emails while listening to your voice mail. You can work on your filing while taking part in a conference call. You get the idea.
4. Set Long Term and Short Term Goals
Map out your long term goals so that you know which parts of them you need to be working on during any given day. Then, when you put together your to-do list for the day you can refer to the long term goal map to plan out your day.
5. Take Breaks
This probably seems counter-intuitive, but the truth is that you are going to need to give your mind and your body a chance to rest during the day. Take ten minutes to lie down, close your eyes and breathe. Or, get up and go for a walk around your block a couple of times each day. Getting away from the to-do list helps you better focus on the list when you get back to it.
There are all sorts of things that you can do to increase your productivity during the work day so that you will feel okay putting it away and taking time for the rest of your life from time to time as well.
This is a guest post by Sara Stringer