Are you ready for the weekend?
Before you head out the door, take time to wrap up your week. Completing just a few extra tasks will allow you to enjoy your time off and have a sense of peace with how your left things at work.
Today, I have 7 tasks to complete before leaving work for your weekend.
People often tell me what they want to be.
Often, their big goals represent something they are not doing currently… like a new career.
Or something they cannot perform today… such as run a 5K race.
The question is, “Are you doing what you want to become?”
This is a guest post by Centask productivity blogger Bojan Dordevic. Bojan loves to write about all things time management and technology, and is the senior editor of AlphaEfficiency Magazine.
While many people take pride in their “ability” to multitask, dividing your attention between two or more tasks can actually result in diminishing returns on your efforts. Learning about the dangers and pitfalls of multitasking, as well as strategies that can lead you to the desired end results without rapid task-switching will exponentially scale the number of tasks you can complete, increasing your efficiency and the quality of your work.
We have all shown up to that meeting.
The one with no purpose. The one with no advance notice or details. And the one where no one could even find where the meeting was being held.
It ends up being a waste of everyone’s time.
To ensure your meeting is a success, you need to prepare in advance.
Staying on top of your calendar can be a real challenge. Your day is full of appointments, meeting invites, and other requests for your time.
You need to manage your calendar or it will be taken over by those who will steal your time bit-by-bit until you discover that you have none left for your own priorities.
The result is that your day’s agenda becomes a mad rush from one event to the next. You feel a loss of control over your activities and at the end of your day find that you didn’t spend any time on your most important work.
This is a guest post by Linda Coussement. Linda helps entrepreneurs lead, grow and improve their remarkable businesses. Download her 10 page interactive Vision Guide and get a flying start to the growth and improvement of YOUR business.
Isn’t it hard to say NO?
Sure you can take on that extra project.
And sure you can work on those little action points today if your boss or client asks.
And of course you have 10 minutes to have a quick coffee with the colleague in distress.
Saying yes to all of this makes you seem like the perfect employee, colleague or business to work with, but really you’re just tying yourself in knots. Because all this “yes” saying is costing you your precious work time. And making up for it means making more hours or working weekends.
So even though saying yes feels very positive, you’re experiencing less productivity and more stress from it. So, what can you do?
Last week at a conference, I was approached by a TMN reader who asked me, “Can you give me a quick tip to improve my time management?”
I felt like a comedian put on the spot with the cliché, “Say something funny…”
So, for those who want some “quick tips,” today I have a list of 10 Quick Time Management Tips…
Once upon a time, time management systems came in a box.
I remember when I got my first Franklin Dayplanner. It was packaged in a neat little box with everything I needed from a binder, to note paper, a calendar, and a todo list.
Today, time management systems aren’t packaged as simply. In fact, most people’s time management tools consist of a variety of items ranging from paper to apps to hybrid systems.
What’s in your time management tool set?
You keep saying you are going to start that important goal.
You keep thinking about it.
But, what are you doing about it?
Did you do anything today to move closer to your goal?
You arrive late to work. (Just a few minutes…)
You then get your coffee. And then socialize with others about their weekend.
You check the news. And then surf your inbox for 45 minutes.
Soon, it’s lunch time.
Wait… you just got here.
You might need to ask, “How many hours are you actually working in your day?”