Inevitably, work can become stressful at times. Many people struggle with managing overwhelm. Whether you’re juggling too many tasks, trying to work with limited resources, limited time, or even difficulty with prioritization, there are steps you can take to get things done without going crazy. Here are several tips you can use to help take control of your day.
Set the Tone and Stay on Course
The mornings are a great time to be really productive. But finding a way to maintain that momentum throughout the day requires a little intention and some extra motivation. By setting the tone for productivity early in the day, you will feel energized and ready to take on new tasks and accomplish things you’ve been putting off. Productivity is largely a mindset. If you keep your eye on the prize and don’t allow for distractions, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in a day.
Create a Realistic To-Do List
To stay on top of all the items that need your attention in a day, many people rely heavily on the classic to-do list. Writing down and prioritizing your daily tasks before you get started has a powerful impact on your productivity. But be careful not to overwhelm your agenda. Take a realistic look at your action items and pinpoint the ones that you absolutely must get done today. Then prioritize the rest of your tasks in a way that organizes your thoughts and your day effectively. The goal is to avoid overwhelming yourself while at the same time identifying what tasks you need to accomplish.
What’s Your Work Style?
Do you work better in the mornings and need a little downtime after lunch? Are you a night owl who can power through tough action items late into the evening? Only you know your ideal work style best. Figuring out how and when you work well will help you to organize your day to be more productive.
Take a Break
There is a reason lunch breaks and coffee breaks are woven into the fabric of office life. Workers need to take a little time to recuperate before they can hit the ground running again. Make sure you take advantage of that downtime. Allow yourself to recharge and refocus so that when you are back on the job, you are able to bring you’re a-game.
Pay Attention to Your Health
You likely have felt the energy highs and lows associated with caffeine and sugar consumption. In a work environment, that extra jolt of energy can be enough to help you power through on a tough day. But drinking enough water and eating healthy food throughout the workday will keep your energy level and your mind more productive at a steady pace. It’s worth swapping one of those cups of coffee for an apple, at least.