I tend to simplify things, sometimes too much. I was never keen on writing essays. Bullet points and abstracts are my strong suits. So, I put together a list of ideas that will help you work smarter. When you work smarter, not harder, it will make you productive and efficient. And of course, I am always a fan of being nice to people. It is non-negotiable for me at work, and I believe it should be for you too. It will help you get promoted and go places. So here you are…
- First thing every morning, make a list of what you want to get done that day. It always helps me remember what I need to get done and also stay focused when I get sidetracked by an email. I just refer back to my list.
- Learn to say no. When you are elbow deep in a project and someone asks you for a report, a piece of data or just a brainstorming session…don't be afraid to say no. Put a “in a meeting” or “out of office” message on your email and voicemail for a couple hours if you need help saying no. I think it is actually smart to only check email 3 times a day. Email can be SOOO distracting.
- Don't multi-task. As a working mom, I know how easy it is to multi-task. I check emails while cooking dinner, feed my 1 year old mashed avocado while I simultaneously wipe down all the kitchen counters. And most likely, my 1 year old will end up eating pledge instead of avocado. You get the picture. Focus on one thing at a time.
- Evaluate and delegate. Evaluate your methods and revise if necessary. Ask someone to review your process and see if their is something you could improve on. Look for short-cuts, I don't mean be lazy. I mean find ways to be more efficient in your work. And give tasks away when you can.
- Lastly, avoid procrastination. Don't check Facebook every hour at work. Push yourself hard to focus and finish a project. I know it's hard. I really do. I create my own work and projects every day in my career. Just do it.