Nowadays, whatever niche you are working in, your daily schedule is full of various tasks, right?
Even if you work as hard as possible, there is always more to be done. And of course, it is not ‘’work’’ that counts, but well and productive work.
Don’t get discouraged! Keep reading and find out some great hacks to make your work day easier...and more successful! Yup, with good organization and a help from some useful tools you can keep that fire burning.
1. Manage your inbox right
One of the first things most people do when they arrive at work is checking their inbox. Depending on the received emails, they plan the rest of their working hours. If you are one of them, here is a great tip: go download an email client. These tools are very helpful, especially if your are using Outlook. If you separate the emails with information that you just need to know about from those that acquire action, you are already half organized! So, even if you are used to working in Outlook, think out of the box and as said: manage your inbox right!
2. Keep the focus on the top tasks
Now that you figured out what are the most important tasks from your emails, it is time to get to work. But, during the day we all get lost in numerous other duties. Keep in mind what are your priorities and don’t let your colleagues (or anybody) interrupt you while doing them. Not sure what should be your top tasks? Well, if they are anyhow rewarding those are the right ones.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
3. Don’t overestimate your time
Even if you are very hard working, over planning can just cause stress. Moreover, you can end up focusing on quantity instead of quality. As mentioned, if you plan your work well, you will have a smooth work flow and a list of successfully finished tasks. Avoid having back-to-back meetings, leave time for recap and brainstorm. The same goes for lunch breaks! Shorten your checklist and you will result in quality, productive work.
4. Take shortcuts
Yes, find shortcuts and utilize them! This means finding tools that will help you to manage your daily activities, setting up an auto-text on your cell phone etc. Be open to new apps and features, because the Internet is full of ones which will really make your (work) life easier!
5. Communication is the key
One thing you should really try to establish is an open communication: with your colleagues, clients, managers but “‘big bosses”, as well. This doesn’t mean that you should gossip with your CEO or use slang in your emails. The key to open communication is questioning if something is not clear, if you have some issues or any type of questions that interferes with your work. The way you are able to communicate with your colleagues even if they are on different levels says a lot about how you manage your work. So, try to master the art of corporate communication by reading tips from the professionals (...and always be polite, no matter what).
Follow the above mentioned tips and be successful!