Life keeps moving whether you’re standing still or running your butt off trying to get everything done that needs to be done.
I happen to feel that with some simple organizational steps you can find that elusive thing that so many people seem to lack these days, time.
It doesn’t matter whether you work 40 hours a week or stay at home and take care of the family life has a way of keeping you busy. There are so many things that need to be taken care of in life. Go to work, make money so you can survive, clean the house, take care of the yard, keep your vehicles in working order, pick the kids up from school, take the kids to all of their after-school commitments, pick up groceries, cook dinner…. you get the picture, right?
Then of course there is the one thing that gets neglected most often…when do you have family time or even a little me time. No one can keep going indefinitely without having some down time.
I would like to suggest that you take a little time and a few simple steps to organize the professional, family, and home life that may just give you a little perspective and help you find some extra time in your day to slow down and enjoy everything that you’ve been working for.
Let’s start with work. Like most people you may find that work is a necessary evil. Even if you love what you do for a living it tends to take a big chunk out of your day. Most look at an 8-hour day of work and many find that the commute to and from can take up a good portion of your time as well.
Depending on your job taking a proactive approach can help make the day easier for you. No matter who your boss is or the type of work do you have a job to do and typically 8-hours to get it done each day. Perhaps you are a cashier and you need to ring up your customers, make sure your till balances or maybe you have to put stock back on the shelf. Some people deal with irate customers all day and troubleshoot problems, write reports, hire employees, or plan meetings and mergers.
Take some time to find out exactly what your boss expects of you each day and break it down. Putting high priority item first and moving on from there can help you get what needs to be done on time so you don’t end up working late or leaving the office with work hanging over your head or worse work coming home with you. I know this is not always possible but in every job, I have ever had I have found that my bosses were always more than willing to let me know what they expect and what can or cannot be left until the following day.
Knowing what your boss expects helps you maintain a good working relationship and gives you a plan of attack so to speak so you can get the work done right the first time and not keep you working late redoing something you did that may not have been done the way your boss wants it.
Keeping a daily calendar on my desk and listing projects in order of importance and knowing exactly what I needed to be working on each day helped me to tackle my duties one at a time and helped to ensure that I wasn’t scrambling an hour before I clocked out trying to finish up everything so I could leave on time.
I also found that keeping my work space clean and uncluttered, at least as much as possible helped me to take care of work more efficiently. When my desk is packed with files, messes, and general debris I spend valuable time searching for what I need to do my work which adds to my stress level and how quickly I am able to get things done.
I hope these organizing tips help make your work day a little bit less stressful. In my next blog, I’m going to cover how to organize the ever-growing list of errands that need to get taken care of.