I don’t know about you, but I really struggle to figure out how to structure my day in order to accomplish everything that needs doing. A couple weeks ago, I came upon this fantastic list by Teresa Hopke, CEO of Life Meets Work on to manage your daily to-do list both at home and at work. I’ve personally found it massively helpful, so of course I knew I had to share it with our readers, too.
2. Sketch out your tasks according to blocks of time. This keeps you from putting more on your to-do list than is possible to complete.
3. Put your own oxygen mask on first. When stress levels are high, personal wellness takes a hit. Don’t let yours suffer. Get some sleep. Carve out time for exercise. Eat what your body needs, not what’s convenient. And breathe! In and out. Deeply. Until you feel grounded again.
4. Delegate and outsource. If you teach someone how to do something, you free up time for other projects, both personally and professionally. And, it helps you both grow and develop your skills.
5. Are you a lark or an owl? Protect the time of day when you are most productive. Can you schedule your work time accordingly?
6. Make values-based decisions. Be intentional about identifying the highest priorities in your life. Realize you can’t be everything to everyone all the time. Make tough decisions. Turn down assignments if your workload is too large. Say no to personal commitments that don’t align with your values.
7. Clear your desk at the end of the day to focus and keep a clear mind. De-clutter. Getting rid of extra things often makes room for new ideas. Try establishing a clean desk habit. Clean desk habits also support “hot desk” or “hoteling” environments in which multiple mobile employees share reservable workspaces.
8. Change your scenery. If you don’t have a clean desk, you might find that simply moving your workspace for a few hours can help improve focus and creativity. Reserve a conference room, if that’s allowed.
9. Tap into your network. You might need some extra help to re-evaluate work processes, trim waste, and change your habits. Ask a mentor, friend, or coworker to help you identify overwork issues and hold you accountable.
Making a resolution to reduce stress is easy, but taking action is where people get stuck. Plan which actions you are going to take to reduce stress and what accountability tools you’ll put in place to get there.
Then, take action. Keep perspective, and focus on the things that matter most in your life.
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This month, we’re serving up bite-sized advice from experts in different fields to help us all make life a little brighter, more creative and more efficient for 2013. Think of this month as a chance to connect with yourself on a deeper level, get closer to what makes you happy, and take control of the balance in ‘work-life balance’ for yourself this year.