The weekend’s here, and while nothing is as welcoming as the thought of staying in for these two days, truth is that come Monday, we could be heading back to another grinding schedule at work.
How do some people make work seem so effortless, how do they manage to stay on top of things and get everything done?
This article on Entrepreneur has five easy tips, make these a part of your everyday routine and you’d be a top performer at work as well.
An empty inbox
Whether it is virtual or actual, a full inbox signifies a tray full of tasks to be done. If you can sort through your inbox at the end of the day and filter them as done, to do, forwarded, trashed etc. you will end your day on a high. Even coming back to work the next day, or Monday, would not be as worrying, because you know you were done for the day, if you could do it once, you can do it again, and again.
Think and plan a day ahead
There’s nothing like shutting down the system at the end of the day, particularly when it has been a real toughie. However, more work is not always a more productive work day. If you can take some time out and plan ahead for the coming day, earmark a thing, a project or a task that will make the entire day’s effort worth every minute you spend on it, do it now. Sometimes we need to focus more on the promise tomorrow holds for us, even if we make the promise to ourselves.
Eat a frog
There’s no other way to describe it, inspired by Mark Twain’s who suggested that nothing could be worse than eating a live frog first thing in the morning, this basically means that you get the most unpleasant task out of the day. Don’t put it off by another day, take charge and get it done before you are done for the day. There’s nothing as uplifting as knowing that you can come to work the next day and not be bothered by it!
Help out, think of karma: one good deed begets another. Not just about easing someone’s work load, you feel positive when you are kind to someone, it could be something as simple as holding the door open for someone. Before you pack up from work, make sure you have been good to at least one person and carry over that uplifting feeling towards the next day. Being helpful helps, it really does!
Say thank you!
Be thankful for all you have, and every single day, take a stock of things that went in your favour and be happy about it. And whenever someone is kind to you, or is helpful, make sure that they know it was appreciated. It’s all about cultivating happiness, find sources of joy and savour them, big or small.
Enjoy your weekend!