Organise your work day in 4 easy steps
Is your work week just a blur? The morning commute, arrive at your desk, computer on…before you know it, the day is over and you feel like you’ve achieved nothing.
A busy office environment can often be very distracting, and creating structure and rules around your work week can significantly reduce stress. In her book “The Art Of Extreme Self-Care”, author Cheryl Richardson suggests the following four things to organise your day:
- Take some time every morning to plan your day, rather than just diving in
- Checking voicemail or email at predetermined times throughout the day
- Scheduling weekly meetings at the same time
- Giving yourself 20 minutes before you leave to tie up the day’s loose ends
All valid pieces of advice: a road map in the morning can break up what seems like an unmanageable schedule into bite-size chunks, the vortex of constantly checking and replying to emails can be restricted by scheduling it the same way you would a meeting; grouping meetings together allows you to have uninterrupted work time on set days; and time to wind down before rushing out the door allows you to relax for the evening knowing that a good day’s work has been done.
If work is starting to get on top of you, talking to a psychologist can help you get some perspective and put plans together for your self-care in the workplace. You may need help confronting some long-standing issues with a colleague or manager but don’t know how to approach it. All of these are valid reasons to book an appointment today – if your workplace has an EAP programme in place, it may not cost you a cent.