Pick a medium to keep you on track (iphone notes, outlook calendars, planner, good ‘ol pen and post-its) and STICK TO IT. Write your most important tasks at the very top of your list so when that day comes, you can get it off of your desk and out of your mind. You surely don’t want to keep that tasks hanging around until the end of the day on Friday!
BE A MORNING PERSON
The more you can get done before anyone is up and movin’ – the better. The mornings often have minimal distractions and stores are typically ghost towns. Get the mundane tasks out of the way like the grocery store, post office, and the gym before everybody else is out of bed. You’ll be in and out in no time and then you’ll have the rest of the day for emails and calls (when seeing people in person is unnecessary).
When we have mountains of laundry, a sink full of dishes, floors that need vacuumed, windows that need to be cleaned, things dropped off at the post office – it can be so daunting to think of a work day ON TOP of all of that. I’m not saying that everyone should seek out a personal assistant (though this could be something that many people may want to look into if it would fit into your budget) but seek out resources online that offer cleaning services/personal assistant services to help free up your time to get work things done. You’d be surprised at how affordable it can be to pay someone for 2 hours of cleaning services to get those dirty little jobs off of your mind and on to bigger and better things.
CHECK EMAILS OFTEN
When you wake up and see 78 emails in your inbox, it can be so easy to just skip over them (pending you are not expecting anything important in your inbox) and worry about them another day. DON’T do this! Deal with an email as soon as they come in. The sooner you do this, the sooner you can trash it or move it into a folder. Monitor your inbox throughout the day and try to get everything opened by the end of the day everyday.
People who work from home will find this one especially useful. For those people, it can be so easy to continue working on a project for hours and neglect other tasks that need to be done. Give yourself a weekly schedule AND a deadline. For instance, dedicate every morning from 10-11am working on emails and when you’re done, get up and grab something to drink or walk away for a few minutes. From 1130-1pm, take care of all of your social media postings (mainly for bloggers), 1-3pm run any errands that you need to go out and do and then from 330-5pm check your emails again and follow up with any phone calls that you need to make. Whatever your tasks may be – just make a daily timeline that makes sense for you and stick to it!