I'm sure everyone can relate to the all too familiar scenario where your workday takes over and you feel like you accomplished nothing that you wanted to.
Your workday can easily get taken over if you let it. That's why this month, we're focusing our blog series on organization, with today's post offering tips on helping you set a routine and get your workday organized so that you run the day - and not letting the day run you!
1.) Do Your Least Favorite, Biggest Task First
We all have things that we would rather avoid doing at all costs, but have to do anyways. Many people have said, and I agree, that a good way to start the day is to tackle your least favorite, biggest task of the day first. That way you get the least desirable to-do out of the way (which usually tends to be the most important).
2.) Set a Window of Time for Emails & Phone Calls
Our email can take over our productivity just as much as anything else and can become a huge time sink. A good rule of thumb is to check your email at set times throughout the day to help keep yourself productive.
It may also be helpful to have a conversation with your manager or employees on designating certain times to check and respond to email so that everyone is on board and doesn't expect answers right away unless absolutely needed.
3.) Keep an Organized List of To-Dos
I've always considered myself an organized person and when it comes to organizing my tasks for the day, I've tried a variety of things. From blocking time to complete tasks on my calendar, to written down lists and trying out different productivity tools.
So far, I have found Trello to be the easiest for me to stay organized because I'm able to easily set up boards with tasks I can create, move to a different day, or mark complete as needed. You don't have to go this route, but I found that this is what has worked out best for me and may also work for you.
That wraps up my top three recommendations on staying organized and productive throughout your workday. What do you think? Are there any productivity hacks that have worked for you that I didn't mention? Share your thoughts in the comments below!