Sometimes, we wish there were more hours in the day. Unfortunately, we can’t control time. What we can control is our productivity. Being cautious with how we spend our time is vital to getting more done during the week. Here are 4 things you should be doing every week at work.
Start each day with a clean slate
You may have to attend to projects or discussions that rolled over from the previous afternoon – but try to treat each day as a fresh one. Leave all the bad stuff from yesterday behind, tap into what’s happening at the outset of the day, get organized and ready or hit the ground running, if that’s what is needed.
Get your email inbox to zero
Are you the type of person that lets that emails pour in without reading them or organizing them? Or, do you respond to emails one by one as they’re sent to you? Being able to dedicate time to typing and sending email responses is helpful because it allows you to focus on other tasks during the day. A great way to respond to emails is to sort your inbox and have all of the unread messages displayed. After going through and responding to each one, work your way all the way down to zero. It’s such a great feeling when all of emails are read and responded to!
Organise your days
The first hour of the workday is the best time to assess priorities and to focus on what you absolutely need to accomplish. Too many people get distracted first thing in the morning with unimportant activities such as diving right into their morass of e-mail, when there may be a whole host of more important issues that need dealing with. Make a to-do list, or update the one you made the previous day, and try to stick to it. However, if your boss has an urgent need, then it’s okay re-shuffle your priorities within reason.
Tie up any loose ends before leaving for the weekend
Start your weekend off on the right foot and make sure your tasks are completed before you leave on Friday. The last thing you need after a long work week is to have projects looming over your head on your days off. If you’re proactive and spend your Friday afternoon responding to emails and finishing up the projects you’re working on, you’ll be able to set yourself up for a good weekend where you can unplug and relax (just the way you should on weekends)!
Planning your week out in advance can keep you organized and focused enough to get things done. We hope these tips help you have a more productive week! If you’re looking for exciting career opportunities, make sure you click through to our job section.