How often do you sit down with your friends during dinner to catch up and someone in the group would go ” oh, i am so ahead of work!” *teeeeeeeeeet* It rarely happens, does it? However, despite the probability rate of it is fairly low, we do have better days when we feel as though we done enough and contented with the hours we put in the week.
Sure, there are days when it just feels impossible. Here’s what I’d recommend to take on the work bull at its horns…..
Prioritise. The thing about task deadlines is that we know that they are coming but they are always at the bottom of our to-do list. Something else will always be more important to tackle at that point in time than that said task. Yours truly is fairly guilty! Try this – carve out a time in your busy schedule to sit down and evaluate all of your tasks properly. List them down, write their deadlines and prioritise them according to their dates! Get a planner (hard copy or digital – whatever works best for you) to visualise them better.
Create a schedule. Now when you can see all of your tasks in front of you, you can properly allocate time to each task. This also works for those with many portfolios that happen on a daily basis such as processing of applications. Scheduling helps me ensure that i create time for everything and increase my productivity level at work.
Start with the small stuff first. You know that feeling when you are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? When i feel that way, i start small. You know, that little tasks that you can complete a ton before lunchtime such as organizing your inbox or filling up forms for work? THOSE. These are perfect to start revving up that work engine and get the juices flowing to help you start properly.
Don’t afraid to say NO to things that are not a good fit. That two letter word needs to become your BFF. If someone asks you to do something that you know your schedule would feel overwhelming if you said yes, don’t do it! Even though saying yes feels like the right thing to do. If you are not sure on the spot, simply let them know that you will think about it and get back to them. Personally, this is something that i myself is still trying to tackle.