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5 Ways to Get the Most From Your Workday

Have you ever had a day you felt just got away from you? Here are some tips to help you get the most from your workday. They may not all work for you, but I’ve always found when I keep these principles in mind, I seem to get more done. clock

  1. Attack your day with purpose – When you first sit down and look at your To Do List, mark three things you must accomplish for the day, then tackle those first.
  2. Start your morning on the right foot – STOP! Don’t check your email first. Get something done! Make it a habit to knocks-off at least one or two To Do items before you check your email. When you check email, it can be easy to get your day derailed by someone else’s urgent items.
  3. Minimize impromptu interruptions – With instant messaging, cell phones, email pop-ups and friendly office neighbors, it’s easy to get interrupted from your work. When you need to focus on a project or a chunk of work, schedule a meeting with yourself. And when colleague interrupts you, say, “I’m in the middle of something, but I can spare a couple of minutes. What can I do for you?” This will more than likely keep the interruption to a minimum, and they may even think twice to interrupt again if it’s not important.
  4. Don’t “over-check” your email – How many times do you stop what you are doing to check or respond to email? Checking email constantly can derail your work rhythm and make you less efficient. Find two to three times a day to check and respond to email. Then when checking email, focus on what action item(s) you need to take. If it is a quick response, then respond. If it requires you to take action or a longer response, then put that on your To Do List to tackle when you have more time.
  5. Finish Strong – At then end of each day, assess whether you met your goals for the day and completed the necessary tasks, then update your To Do List and plan for your tomorrow. Not only will you feel like you accomplished more for the day, but you will feel like you are ready for the next day as you are leaving your office.

There is no greater satisfaction than leaving the office knowing you got your most important tasks completed (or at least moved forward) and feeling prepared for the next day.

QUESTION: What do you do to make sure you get the most from your work day?

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