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:
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!