5 Steps To A More Productive Workday
Cincinnati, OH | Posted: 08/06/2015 | Author: Stuart Koenig
We can’t take the work out of our workday, but we can perhaps make our day more efficient. Sometimes it’s unavoidable to face last-minute deadlines, overwhelming workloads and endless boring emails to answer, not to mention those unannounced desk and IM interruptions from coworkers just wanting to shoot the breeze! Well, here are a few pointers to follow when trying to make your workday a more productive and pleasant experience.
1. Tackle The Hard Stuff – When prioritizing tasks, try to do the most difficult projects first. The earlier in the day you take on the hard stuff, the easier the rest of the day will seem. Save that low-hanging fruit for the afternoon! Plus, you won’t be stressing about this tough task all day, it’ll be in your rear-view mirror.
2. Master Your Email Domain – A great way to help productivity is to be an email guru! Try to make your emails short and sweet if possible. Nothing over a few sentences. Don’t leave emails open ended unless necessary, this prevents endless follow-ups. Make each important email something you tackle when reading it the first time, instead of reading and postponing until later. Also, if you need a little undisturbed work time, set up an auto reply letting others know you got their message and will get back to them as soon as convenient.
3. To-Do, or To-Don’t – We all know about making a to-do list, but it’s equally important to make a mental to-don’t list. This list would include scheduling meetings or calls without a defined agenda or goal. Catching up on last night’s TV is fun, but cut it out if you’ve got deadlines to meet. The more nonessential things you can put on your list, the less foggy and distracted your day feels.
4. Know When To Be Perfect – It’s that huge report that all of the fat cat bigwigs are waiting on, so you need it to be perfect. No misspellings or chili stains on that bad boy! However, if it’s just an email to a coworker, or maybe a preliminary draft of some kind, you don’t have to obsess on absolute perfection at the expense of timeliness. No need to make things harder on yourself, you can revise things later.
5. Partner Up – Maybe there’s a task you absolutely dread that another coworker doesn’t mind completing, or vice-versa. So partner up! Sharing a few tasks, or even trading duties once in a while, can save time and better utilize skillsets.
Article written by Adam Easterling, copywriter for Creatives On Call