Most of us spend, on average, 40-50 hours a week at work, five days a week, 48 weeks of the year. If we work until we’re in our fifties, that’s a third of our lives spent working! So it’s no surprise we want to have the happiest, most successful careers possible. We want every day to be worth it! To make sure you’re getting the most out of your working day.
1. Set intentions for the day first thing
Before you get stuck into any tasks, sit down and write a list. Write out your intentions for the day – what your most important tasks are, what goals you would like to reach, what you would like to accomplish by the end of the day.
2. Do short and easy tasks for the first hour
Lots of people say jump right into your hardest task of the day. But if that ends up being so hard you don’t accomplish anything else all day, and you don’t even finish that task, you could wind up feeling super frustrated! Avoid feeling like you have accomplished nothing by getting some quick and easy tasks out of your way first thing.
3. Do hardest tasks in the AM
That said, once that hour is up, dive into your tough tasks! Doing these in the morning guarantees you will be as fresh as possible. You will be much better equipped for dedicating your morning energy to those challenges! And you will also come away in the afternoon feeling like you have done some really hard work.
4. Set specific times for emails
One of the best tips is to set aside a couple of hours each day for inbox attention – and don’t look at your inbox outside of those hours! Create an automatic reply to any emails that arrive outside of those times explaining what your email reply time is and provide a telephone number for urgent stuff. Never get lost down the dark rabbit hole of emailing for hours again!
5. Start and finish at the same time every day
Stick to the same routine, day in and day out. It is so helpful for developing steady habits and for avoiding lackluster days wasted away procrastinating. So try and create a work routine! In at the same time, out at the same time. That way you have set parameters for getting work done.