In today’s competitive workplace employees are being asked to produce more in less time. Many employees are also finding themselves working longer days and even bringing work home with them. With hectic days in the office and personal commitments outside of the office, some employees find it challenging to find the time to create a daily plan.
For years consultants have encouraged employees to take the last 10-20 minutes of their day to get organized, clean off their desks, and to plan for the next day ahead.
At the end of each day do you dash out of the office or do you review the work that should be completed the next day? Do you realistically estimate the time it will take to complete each task and prioritize the tasks by listing the most time sensitive or urgent task first. Here’s a few tips that you can use for daily planning:
- Whether you use an electronic calendar or a paper desk calendar, make sure that all appointments are confirmed for the next day before leaving the office.
- Create, review, and constantly update your to do list.
- Plan to complete the difficult task(s) at the beginning of the day.
- Locate and review any important documents that may be needed for meetings the next day.
- Make sure to file paper and electronic files daily so data can be organized and retrieved quickly.
- Clear your desk at the end of each day.
- Allow flexibility into your schedule by not overcommitting yourself. Unexpected interruptions do come up throughout the day, and it’s important to allow yourself some time to handle these interruptions.
I’ll be the first to admit that my life moves in many different directions. What has really helped me to manage the responsibilities and additional professional and personal commitments is to reduce timewasters, plan daily, take time to play, stay connected to my family, and surround myself with incredible people.
Time is a most precious resource. What is the best use of your time right now? Start creating a daily plan today. You’ll be glad you took the time.