Whether you are working from home, or back at the office, managing your time is tricky. Here are some helpful tips to stay on track and feel good at the end of the day.
Create a daily schedule “the night before.” This list should include not just the important tasks that have approaching deadlines but also those “loose ends” that need to be tied up. Creating your schedule in advance helps because, in the morning, your tasks are decided for you and you can start working immediately. This increases productivity and also helps you sleep better!
Put measurable goals on your list. For example, if you have a project with a deadline that is three months away, break it down into small quantifiable and attainable daily tasks. Doing this will mean less stress when the deadline approaches. Create time limits for tasks and schedule breaks throughout the day. Planning breaks throughout the day will keep your momentum up and prevent you from being overwhelmed. If an assignment takes longer than planned, take a small break, recharge and get back to your work. If possible, don’t stress your brain by doing one single task all day because that creates boredom and frustration.
Avoid multi-tasking. Focus on one thing at a time. Doing two things at once can cause errors. Switching between assignments is a time-killer as it uses more mental time and detours you from your goal. It is better to complete one task or a measurable part of a task, take a break…and then start another.
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