The short work week. The double edge sword.
Who doesn’t love having an extra day to sleep in, spend time with family and friends, or travel? As much as we love that extra day off, when we return to the office it still feels like a Monday. It can oftentimes take a little bit to get moving but we can’t waste time because we are already a day behind. No worries. I outlined a few things that you can try to implement into your day to stay on point and on schedule.
Three ways to make the most of a short work week
1. Knock out the emails
Emails are one of the things that can consume a large part of our time. It is difficult to stay focused and get through all of them in a timely fashion. A while back, I read a story on how a c-level executive handles emails upon returning from vacation or a long weekend. She puts all her emails in a folder and never looks at them. She said if someone needed her bad enough, they’ll email her again. Makes me laugh thinking about that. If only I could survive with that strategy. Till then, take an hour, go to a quiet place, put on your headphones and knock out your emails. Move emails that aren’t a priority to a folder and deal with them at a later time.
2. Put away your phone
Our phones are distracting. If you don’t have to be on your phone for work, put it away. It’s impossible to concentrate when you have alerts consistently going off. I know it’s hard to be away from your phone and believe me, I get separation anxiety as well. But try it for thirty minutes or even an hour and just start hammering away at work tasks. It will get easier over time, I promise.
3. Make a LIST
Before heading out for the night, make a list of the things that need to be done the following day. Again, prioritize the things that must get done as soon as you get into the office. When you walk into the office the next morning, start working your way through that list! Anything that doesn’t get done, be sure to add it to the next day’s to do’s. Don’t get into the habit of saying, “Oh, I’ll just do that tomorrow.” We all do it, myself included. However, if you consistently push tasks forward, it will just make life much more difficult trying to stay on top of everything.
Would love to learn some of the ways you make the most out of a four day work week. Please share in the comments below!
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