Book up your Calendar
Of course we all have meetings we must attend, but what about those free blocks within our schedule? Leaving your day “open” basically says, “book me up! I have nothing else to work on.” I’ve found that blocking off your schedule can help reduce the amount of time wasted, sitting in meetings where your presence isn’t really needed. Do you travel for work? Be sure to block off driving/traveling time as well – getting caught in a long meeting or a side conversation can completely derail the rest of your day by throwing you off schedule.
Limit your Time Robbers
If you find yourself being consistently distracted by social media and clickbait articles, (who doesn’t need to find out what kind of bread they are?!) limit yourself to 15-30 minutes (whatever you can spare) during your lunch break to get it out of your system. If chatting with your coworkers is the thing that steals most of your time, try coming in early to chat in the morning or make plans to sit with them at lunch. Giving yourself time to indulge, but not enough to lose sight of what needs to be done, is key.
Don’t Dwell on Mistakes
One of life’s greatest moments is when you realize and accept the fact that we all make mistakes. Mistakes mean you’re growing, that you’re trying something new. What should you do when it happens at work? Own your mistake and move forward. Nothing good comes from wallowing in self pity, so take a deep breath, come to the table with a timely solution, and get back on track. Your employer will appreciate your professionalism and ability to think on your feet and suggest a solution. Phew – that was a ton of tips! I hope you find them helpful. If you try them out, let me know by leaving a comment below!
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