We’ve all heard of it and, although it’s something that comes around like clockwork, whenever it’s time for a performance review, it’s still something that we ironically don’t always have the time to work on, me included.
It’s easy to be ‘busy’ at work, but are we busy in the right context? Or are we all just busy being fools? And how can we make our time at work more productive?
We live in a world where we are always switched ‘on’. Our smartphones constantly alert us to any new messages and emails, our smartwatches vibrate all day long and alert us whenever we make so many steps, and we always seem to be on the computer where there is no shortage of information being directed our way.
There’s pressure from our peers, directors, business owners and employees asking us questions, and there’s no longer an off switch for anyone.
So, how can we implement some simple structure that will help alleviate some of this pressure?
Plan, plan, and then plan a bit more. It’s not the most revolutionary answer I’ll admit, but it works.
Most people don’t plan for the following day, but you’ll be surprised at how effective setting aside time to assess the rest of your week can be.
Create your own spreadsheet or write a list of all of your tasks for the week, whichever method works for you, and take a break every hour to assess what you’ve achieved since you last checked over your list. You will either be amazed at how much you’ve done, or surprised at how much you’ve procrastinated!
Treat your time like you would your finances – keep a close eye on them!
The most important thing is to be honest with yourself, and question how you should delegate your time. Doing this will help you identify your biggest waste of time, so you can change it!
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