Question: I’m very busy. I have lots of things I need to get done and I work long hours. I feel overwhelmed and stressed because I work hard and yet still have trouble getting things done. Are there ways for me to be more productive?
Answer: Yes. Many people feel busy and also frustrated because they still don’t get things done despite being busy. Here are some tips for working smarter:
- Plan your work and work your plan. A few minutes of planning can save you hours of time. Create a routine that supports planning for your work day. Review your calendar and prioritize your task list. Schedule time for getting work done. Then work your plan. This will help you stay focused on what’s important and allow you time to get things done.
- Take regular breaks throughout the day. If you’re working a marathon day, treat yourself like an endurance athlete. To perform well your body needs to recharge with food, water and a change of pace (rest or physical activity depending on the type of work you do). Your mind also needs a break from focused or intense work to recharge. Try organizing your workday into 25-90 minute sessions. Between sessions recharge and come back to the next session with renewed energy and focus.
Debbie Rosemont www.itssimplyplaced.com