At the best of times, it can seem like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, but coming up to Christmas, our lives become even more hectic and stress levels go through the roof. This doesn’t have to be the case. By making a few small changes to your life and the way you deal with obligations and commitments, you can use your time far more efficiently at work, so you don’t end up letting hours spent working overtime eat into your Christmas.
1. Do Less
It may seem obvious, but you’ll save a lot of time by doing less. Look at everything you have lined up and decide what needs doing and what doesn’t By reducing your workload, you can focus on the important tasks and give them the time they deserve.
You can also reduce your workload and save time by delegating. You may want to do everything yourself to make sure it’s done right, but this simply isn’t feasible. The people you employ should be people you trust who are up to the job for which they are hired. Don’t be afraid to give them some of your less important tasks to do – they may even be better able to do them than you are.
3. Keep a Diary
If you don’t have one already, invest in a good desk diary for the New Year (many even include the last weeks of December). Whenever you have a meeting, an appointment, a deadline, a business trip or any other obligations, write them in the diary. If you get into this habit and write everything into your diary, you’ll feel less stressed because you’ll know exactly what you have to do over the coming days and weeks and you can plan accordingly.
4. Work at Work
You can save a lot of time at work by cutting out long conversations, pointless meetings and excessive coffee breaks. You’re at work to work and the sooner you get your work done, the sooner you can leave. It may be tempting to spend time chatting to your co-worker about your weekend plans, but remember that the same amount of work will be waiting for you after the conversation ends.
5. Steer Clear of Social Networking Sites
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest… They’re all wonderful resources – they allow us to follow breaking news stories, stay in contact with friends and indulge in our hobbies – but they are also all a drain on your time and will only slow your work rate.
Your time is precious, so be selfish with it. Don’t waste time procrastinating or working inefficiently. If you do make a few changes to your work habits, you can reduce your stress levels, improve the quality of your work and free up time to spend with your family and friends in the run up to Christmas.
This article was written by Tina Lynch who has been using desk diaries to stay organised for years.