If you’re in that worrying position where the clock hits 6:00pm and you’ve barely completed any of your daily tasks and perhaps even worse and it’s Wednesday/Thursday. It might be time to re-examine how productive you’re being during core hours, here’s some top tips, to help you get back on track:
- Don’t be afraid to delegate: Obviously don’t chuck your workload onto the nearest member of staff. But if you’re working in a team on a particular project, perhaps ask them if they don’t mind covering off a task for you. Make sure to give your colleague all of the resources that he or she needs such as relevant documents or spreadsheets in order to reach the best deliverable.
- Eliminate distractions: Phones and the having a pop-up every time you receive an email are the biggest culprits here. Turn off your phone until lunch and then until the end of the day. Make sure email notifications are off and you’re not checking intermittently every 10 minutes. In the U.S.A for example, over 12.2 billion collective hours are being spent browsing on a social network every day.
- Utilise the commute: If you’re finding yourself on the train or bus in the morning, worrying about everything you’ve got to achieve; it might be worth your while trying to complete 1 or 2 smaller tasks while you’re on your way in. Try and clear your emails or update information- annoying smaller tasks, you don’t have time for during the day
- Get more sleep: Get ahead of yourself by making sure your body and mind gets enough sleep to work effectively the next day. Make sure you’re not looking at electrical devices 1-hour before bed, avoid caffeine/alcohol and you’re going to bed at a consistent time.
Once you get back on track by finishing tasks, you’re inevitably going to start performing better and pleasing the right people. Look after yourself.