It’s a common phenomenon. You suddenly happen to catch a glimpse of the time: It’s the end of the day. Or it’s time to move on to something else. You still have quite some work to do, but you call it a day and hope that you’ll do better tomorrow. Alternatively, you decide to bring some of the work with you into what should be time for family, relaxation or rest.
One of the most difficult things to understand in the world of work is how fast time flies. These three tips will help you to take charge of the time you spend working.
One: Plan your work the evening before. It’s great to plan your day in the morning, but taking it further by planning it the evening before will work wonders for you in two ways. Firstly, when you have an idea of what the next day would involve, your subconscious mind starts to work on it. In a sense, you have begun the work in advance and you’ll find yourself flowing better the next day when you get to work. Secondly, it helps you to feel in control of your day and your time. This is both important and effective. The feeling of competence increases your confidence in getting the job done.
Two: Understand your most creative time. Some people feel very sharp in the mornings before lunch time and others find themselves better stimulated in the late afternoons. It’s a little different for everyone. Understand the time that works best for you and as much as you can help it, prepare to do your most challenging work then.
Three: Manage the mood-killers. Mood-killers are activities that you carry out or even people whom you indulge from time to time. They are not bad activities or people in themselves, but once you get involved with them, they tend to reduce or affect your accuracy and ability to work, and working becomes a real drag. It could be a heavy lunch, time on social media or a really chatty colleague.
Time is our most valuable commodity at work or in life. Use any or all of these tips to take charge of it and make the most of it.