Mastering the Art of Work Time Management
Whether you're new to a job or just fighting to keep motivated at a job you've been at for ten years and counting, staying on task throughout the work day can be a challenge. Even if you have the very best of office intentions, sometimes straying from your computer screen to wander over to the break room for a bagel or five just happens.
Here are three tips to help keep you productive from nine to five:
Make a list.
Every day upon swinging open those MyCorp doors and settling into my desk, the first thing I do is make a list of what I'd like to accomplish for the day. That way when I complete something I needed to work on I'm not just sitting around thinking about what I should do next- it's right there in front of me on my list! It's easier to manage your time when all you need to do for the day is right in front of you. You can even write out how much time you should be spending on each task if you really want to get organized.
If you're on a role don't stop!
I do not believe taking breaks at the same time every day is best for productivity. Some days you're going to be really invested in a project you're working on and if the clock strikes break time there's a chance you'll lose your momentum by indulging in a quick break. I find it better to work through those projects until I'm done and then reward myself with a break afterwards.
Embrace the four-day work week.
Feeling rushed and stressed out during a four-day work week is perfectly normal, but it doesn't have to be that way! If you are anxiously throwing work together throughout those four days you are not going to produce very good work. Instead, breathe, think about what you can feasibly accomplish, do those tasks well, and then enjoy the long weekend!