I realize many of you reading along may not be in a job you enjoy. Who enjoys working anyway? Well, unless it’s something you’re passionate about, of course. But truthfully, those people you know and admire (envy even?) that are doing their “dream job”…keep in mind they also struggle with tasks within that career that aren’t so enjoyable.
Today I have good news and bad news.
Bad news? I can’t help you interview for / get that dream job….I can’t hand-pick the team of people you’ll work with…And I can’t help you with the jerky boss situation. But…
Good news? I can help you with suggestions on how to be more productive in your workspace. How to be more organized. How to bring a little calm to a situation or job that makes you feel unproductive and uninterested. This list includes tips for those working at home and in an office setting. It’s my list of 20 ways to be more productive and happier in your workspace!
Yep, multi-tasking doesn’t work very well. Sure, you get things done…but are they done completely, with intent and to your best ability? Likely not because no one can do more than one thing well while doing something else at the same time. Try to focus on one task only. It’s hard I know because the world we live in loves to multi-task. But give it some mental focus and try!
Don’t let things hang around. If you read an e-mail, respond immediately and delete it. If you open a piece of mail, open it completely and recycle the envelope, put the contents wherever is necessary. If you have a piece of paper come across your desk that needs filing, file it. Don’t push it aside for later. Which brings me to…
Paper is one of the biggest annoyances in a workspace. Paper clutter causes a lot of stress. If your current paper situation isn’t working, fix it now. Notice what you’re doing or not doing with the paper. Do you need updated files? More folders to contain categories? A shredder under your desk? A scanner? Figure it out and get on top of it. Even if it involved hiring a professional organizer to help you, it’s worth the money! Yes, it will be a big task to tackle, but once it’s set up and working for you, you’re golden!
If you work alone in a job, try to connect with your professional community. I’m amazed how much the blogging world has evolved with various conferences and events we can attend. I haven’t attended any yet, but plan to very soon. In my professional organizing career, I’ve been able to join NAPO, which is a great networking and education organization for peeps like me. Most every industry has a way to network and connect. There’s really no bad reason to network. And remember, if you’re in a sucky job…networking is often times the best way to find a new one!
Much like Facebook or social media, e-mail can be a real time suck. With our smart phones it’s easier than ever to tap on your e-mail app and get an instant update. Try to set times for yourself each day when you check e-mail. Maybe it’s once every 3 hours, for example. Then you can focus on the e-mails, reply immediately, and move on with your day. If you stop doing a task just to check e-mail, chances are you’re distracted and are only going to lose focus even more.
Many of us respond positively to music. While for some it can be a distraction. But if music works for you, especially while filing or doing something uninteresting, turn it on and be productive.
There are 20 more I could share with you, but these are some of the tips I have found work best not only for those I know, but for myself. Feel free to comment with what motivated you to work happier and more productively!
Have a great day!!
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