Technology has improved our lives in numerous ways. We are more connected than ever, from computers to phones to programs and networking services. That connection, and the increase in work that it allows for, has also made it more challenging to maintain balance in our lives and manage our time, especially at work. The workday never ends as you answer emails and complete reports from home. Factor in last-minute meetings, projects, and other home life demands, and you may need better time management.
Life happens, but you can handle what comes and reduce stress with the right time management skills. In this blog, we’ll discuss practical tips to help you manage your work time instead of letting it control you.
Tip #1: Create a Daily Schedule
You must have a solid to-do list to manage your work time properly. Don’t even try to start your day without this vital map being laid out. Ideally, you should write your to-do list the night before. Start with the most pressing tasks; these are the things that must be done first thing in the morning or must be completed that day. Then jot down secondary tasks, including projects in planning or assignments that have a more relaxed timeline.
Don’t overload your day. You must allow for last-minute meetings, revisions to previous assignments and projects, and emergency tasks. Your to-do list should be structured enough to manage your time effectively yet fluidly.
Group Similar Tasks Together
When you create your to-do list, try to group similar tasks together. For example, separate your day into chunks for answering emails, making phone calls, filing paperwork, etc. Turn off notifications for your phone and email to reduce distractions.
Tip #2: Evaluate Your Efficiency
This is an essential step for your overall time management; your boss can help you with it. Everyone has patterns of productivity. Some people work more efficiently in the morning, and some in the afternoon. Talk with your manager or supervisor and look at your productivity levels together. This will help you find when you are most productive and when to tackle more manageable tasks.
Tip #3: Avoid Over Socialization
Being a part of a positive workplace culture includes socializing with coworkers. Too much of a good thing can drain your energy and distract you from efficiently doing your work. Stick to standard socializing times, such as lunchtime or during a scheduled break, and avoid chatting when you should be working. Also, turn off notifications for social media apps and phone and text notifications to reduce potential distractions.
And don’t forget to reward yourself when these new time management techniques make a difference to your productivity! Reinforcing good habits will motivate you to maintain and develop your time management skills.
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Work can be stressful even on its best day. If your workload is filled with stressful tasks or, worse, the whole environment verges on toxic, you may develop long-term anxiety issues. Overcoming workplace anxiety can be difficult, especially when you have to work to support yourself and your family. It is not impossible, though. With some effort, you can address your anxiety symptoms and ease the burden on yourself and others.
In this blog, we’ll look at some tips to help you leave the stress of work at work.
Tip #1. End your day by writing your to-do list for tomorrow.
When you have anxiety issues, to-do lists can go far in helping you to organize your thoughts and appreciate what you’ve accomplished each day. At the end of your day at work, write your to-do list for the next day. This lays the groundwork for the next day, establishing attainable goals that can be crossed off the list as they are accomplished. Anxiety can make it challenging to appreciate your daily accomplishments; to-do lists show you.
Tip #2. Treat your commute home as time to unwind & decompress.
Whether you have workplace anxiety or not, leaving work at work is crucial. Once you have clocked out for the day, your commute home, however long it is, should be a time to decompress and relax. Find fun and relaxing ways to make your commute the perfect bridge between work and home. Take a moment to stretch before you leave the office. Enjoy your favorite music or audiobook on the way home. If weather permits, open the window and breathe the fresh air to clear your mind and lungs.
Tip #3. Schedule time for your hobbies/fun activities during the week.
No matter how difficult and time-consuming your job is, it cannot take up all your time. One of the best ways to recharge and relieve the stress and anxiety of work is to enjoy activities and hobbies you like. Scheduling time every week to enjoy them, whether it’s weekly pickleball with friends or a regular dinner out with family. Make your time away from work a priority.
Work anxiety can be crippling if you let it master you. Use the tips above, and you can start taking control of your workplace anxiety and maybe even eliminate it.