The workplace can be a stressful place. You have to deal with deadlines, clients who don’t listen and coworkers who are always late. While it’s important to stay on top of things at work and be productive, there are also ways you can reduce your stress levels and make sure that your day doesn’t go off the rails due to lack of planning and organization! In this post we’ll cover some tips for managing your time so that you can get more done in less than 24 hours.
Always start by getting organized.
- Get organized!
- Let’s start with your workspace, since this is where you spend most of your time and will be the best place to get started. If you haven’t already, it’s important that you organize all of your files (including emails, tasks and calendar events) into folders or storage bins so that they’re easy to find when needed. Once everything has been sorted into its respective space, make sure that nothing falls out of place by organizing things like pens or paper clips at the back of each bin (which should also serve as a reminder for what needs filing).
- Next up: Your inbox! Use Gmail filters such as “label” or “tag” whenever possible–this way when something comes in from someone who isn’t quite sure what they want but wants something quickly anyway (like me!), they’ll see those labels instead of having me call them directly so much more often than necessary 😉 On top of creating filters specifically labeled with different categories like ‘work’ and ‘personal,’ consider creating custom rules so certain messages don’t even go through at all (like if someone sends us an email asking us if we’ve received theirs yet).
Find a quiet place to work.
It’s important to find a place that is free of distractions, and not just for your work hours. If you have more than one job or if you need to be productive while out at the mall, then finding a quiet corner can help set the tone for your day. If possible, try working in an environment where there are no other people around; otherwise, try setting aside a specific room in your house or apartment as “work space” so that everyone else knows not to bother you while they’re taking care of other things around the house or going about their days like usual (e.g., kids). If this isn’t possible because people aren’t home during certain hours when they should be working on something important like homework assignments or studying for tests then try setting up shop somewhere else like coffee shops where there won’t be anyone else using any electronics either during those times either (this applies moreso if someone else has already reserved those tables).
Pick a time to work that you can complete in that period of time.
If you don’t set yourself a deadline, then it is likely you will never get anything done. If you are trying to finish off some big project by the end of the month and haven’t started it yet, then it’s no wonder why nothing gets done! Setting deadlines for yourself is one of the best ways to stay on track and make sure that everything gets done in its own timeframe without feeling overwhelmed or stressed out about it all being too much pressure.
The idea here is simple: make sure each task has an end date/deadline so that when they’re over with they don’t drag on forever (and ever).
Try not to multitask.
If you want to be more productive, try not to multitask.
Multitasking is not good for your brain and can lead to mistakes and a lack of focus. It can also cause you to become less creative because it takes so much mental energy just getting things done!
Plan and prioritize tasks before beginning them.
Planning your day is one of the best ways to stay focused on what’s important. It helps you avoid getting sidetracked by tasks that don’t require much extra effort, and it gives you a clear idea of where each task fits in the larger picture. You can also use this planning process as an opportunity to think about how much time each thing will take up in order to help reduce stress associated with having multiple things going at once (trying not to lose track of things). If there are any steps left over after completing these steps, consider adding them into another list for later action; this way, your workday will always be organized rather than chaotic!
Use digital tools and basic accounting methods to manage your time more efficiently.
You can use digital tools and basic accounting methods to manage your time more efficiently. You should have a calendar app on your phone or tablet, a To Do list in Google Calendars, and a timer that you set for 15 minutes (or whatever length of time you want). I recommend using the Pomodoro technique–it’s simple, effective, and easy to implement if you’re already doing some kind of task management system as part of your daily workflow.
You can also use an app like Todoist which will help keep track of tasks from one place instead of having everything spread across multiple apps or websites.
The key is planning ahead, setting yourself up for success and not wasting time on things that don’t matter to you or your business
- Planning ahead is the key to success.
- Don’t waste time on things that don’t matter to you or your business.
- Don’t multitask, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
- Delegate as much as possible so that other people can do things for themselves, which frees up more time for your own work without having any additional responsibilities added in!
The key is planning ahead, setting yourself up for success and not wasting time on things that don’t matter to you or your business.