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Five Ways to Conquer Your Day

I had a pretty stellar start to the week yesterday. I mean, so great, that I’m using the word “stellar.” And the only thing I can attribute my awesome Monday to is my “kick ass, get shit done” attitude. From the second I woke up, to the minute I went to bed–my attitude was in productivity mode! We all know Mondays are typically hectic, manic, and crazy. We also know that there should be a day between Sunday and Monday. But, the true way to conquer your Monday (or any workday for that matter), lies in these five easy principles:

Tips for making every work day great

Get Focused

It can be hard to get focused when there are so many things to be tweeted throughout the day. And especially hard when there’s food in the break room that’s calling your name or when the office gossip is going strong. But, I can’t say enough about this point. Getting focused is a big deal–would you rather do one thing really well or a few things half-ass? Hint: half-ass is NOT the way to do things. Getting focused helps you do that one thing REALLY well. Get yourself some notebooks, write down all the lists, and get to crossing things off!

Enjoy What You Do

You may not LOVE every single second of your job, but it’s important to like at least a handful of elements of your day job. Whether it’s the paycheck (who doesn’t love that), the people you work with, or the benefits, find something you love. If you love it, it’ll show through your work!

Further Your Education

Taking time after work to learn more about the industry you work in is the best way to get ahead, put the right foot forward, and make a good impression on your higher ups. Trade your romance novel for a book on management, enroll in a few free webinars, and listen to podcasts on the way home.

Manage Your Time

Along with staying focused, managing your time can make or break your work day. If you are a poor time manager, this is your year, your week, to snap out of it and practice some time management skills! I have faith in you! A few of my favorite tips: prioritize, delegate, use a calendar, put your headphones in (and listen to this great playlist), and learn to say ‘no.’ Until you get your time management skills on lock, it can be hard to focus and run your workday (not let it run you!).

Ask for Help When you Need It

One of my favorite time management tips is delegating (also known as asking for help). Remember: You may be able to do it all, but you cannot do it all, well. So ask for help. Whether it’s your coworker or your boss, it’s best to let them know that your plate is getting too full before you break! Also, asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength!

So what are you waiting for? Go out there and kick today’s butt!  You got this!

 

  • Love days like that! Coffee usually helps me! 😉

  • I agree that asking for help is necessary and doesn’t indicate weakness. A few months ago I was drowning in work until I finally told my manager I could not do it all and still feel confident in my work. We have since delegated some tasks that allow me to focus on editing. This post is spot on!

  • I’ve always been a big believer in delegating tasks that don’t need to be completed by you. It definitely helps keep additional stress off your plate. Thanks for sharing these great tips!

  • Michelle Elenee

    Oh, I like this post. It’s so easy to get drowned without such easy principles you’ve shared on this post. I’ve learned how to manage my time and scream for help whenever I feel like I need. Things have been looking good and I really love it.

    Thanks for sharing such a lovely post.

    Michelle
    http://www.twenty7bymichelle.com

  • Yes! Even if you’re not obsessed with your job, you can find parts you love if you look hard enough…even if it is just the paycheck haha!

  • Divya Budhraja

    I definitely need to be better about time management. I think, too often, I get frustrated leaving a task unfinished that I just carry on neglecting everything else that needs to get done!

  • I love all these tips! There are always good things about each job, you just have to look and see what they are. And a lot of stress can be avoided by time management and delegating when able/needed.

  • great tips! It really does make the day go much better if you can focus on the things that you like about your job instead of the things you don’t!
    Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor

  • Neely

    YES YES YES to furthering your education!

    • Sharleigh Thomson

      Absolutely agreed!

  • Great tips! I have been having a hard time staying focused at work, so really need to work on that. I do listen to podcasts on my way home after work, so yay for me for doing something right 🙂

  • Laina Turner

    Getting focused is such a good idea. I tend to spend the first 1/2 of Monday in a daze not able to focus. I need to get ahold on my day.

  • I love the idea of continuing education, even in the smallest ways. Work is always more fun when you’re constantly making improvements and moving up.

  • These tips are great! Especially about loving what you do- I needed that piece of advice right now.

  • Katie Kinsley

    Sometimes its hard to get focused when you’re waiting on answers from everyone else!

  • Allison Lancaster

    I agree with enjoying what you do, it’s so important and makes the day go by so much faster!

  • Daria Vinning

    I love these tips especially love what you do. I so agree with being productive! It makes for a faster day! I also like reading and increasing my knowledge on various topics. Thanks for sharing!

  • Allison, I love when I have days like the one you described – it makes me feel like a blogging badass and really sets the whole tone for my week. I find it’s easier for me to stay in a positive mindset throughout the whole week when my Monday is hella productive. 🙂

    When I stopped multi-tasking, I became much more productive, so it definitely helps to focus in on each task you need to accomplish and go from there.

    I still really need to work at managing my time better, but it’s a process, right? 🙂

    Tendril Wild | How to Create the Ultimate #GirlSquad

  • When I have productive days, I feel amazing! I love your tip on learning more about the industry you work in. With free resources at our disposable, it’s an amazing opportunity to continue learning and advancing in our fields.

  • These are great tips! I never delegate when I should, it’s something i’m working on this year. Its not a sign of weakness :-]

  • Love these tips! I do apply most of them when I want to stay focused or need to maximize my output for the day. But it can be hard especially on days when you are just not in the mood to work, or the weather just makes you want to stay in bed all day, lol.

  • Asking for help is totally necessary at times. Awesome tips 🙂

  • Erin

    Ah so necessary. I always struggling saying no but sometimes it’s impossible to get a task done. Feeling like I can tackle my workday tomorrow now 🙂 Thanks!