We all know what it’s like to return from our summer holidays at what is undoubtedly the busiest time of the year. With so much to achieve in so little time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the volume of work ahead.
Although, it can be tempting to delay the inevitable and spend the first few days easing yourself back into work, years of experience has shown me that prioritisation not procrastination is the secret to being productive and stress-free in the workplace.
So here are Diadem’s top tips to help you make this year’s run-up to Christmas your most successful yet.
You’ve just got back to your desk after a fortnight away and you’re called into a meeting about an urgent problem with your key client – the choice is clear – prioritise this issue immediately so you can try to resolve it as soon as possible. You won’t even have chance to procrastinate as the sense of urgency will spur you into action. The same rule is true of all urgent, highly important tasks, they should be prioritised to the top of your to-do list.
In reality it’s impossible to do everything immediately, so, it’s essential to priortise your workload in a logical and time efficient manner. For tasks that are important but not urgent I would suggest delaying them until you have dealt with more pressing issues. However, it’s essential to remember that these are still important tasks that cannot be forgotten, so make sure you carve out time to deal with them effectively at a later date.
Whether it’s an email you’ve been meaning to reply to since 2013 or some research you keep hoping to do – we all have tasks on our to-do list that we should actually get rid of. I’m talking about those unimportant, low urgency jobs that eat up our time and don’t add any real value. Forget them – erase them from your list and you will immediately feel more liberated. By prioritising in this way, you will have more time to focus on the important tasks at hand and not get distracted by time wasters.
Mastering the art of delegation is crucial to becoming a successful manager. No one can do everything – so when you prioritise your workload consider which of the urgent but low important tasks can be delegated to others. The key to delegating successfully is choosing the right person and explaining clearly and precisely what you expect them to do. Remember to encourage a real sense of ownership whilst allowing them enough time to complete the project.
I hope that by following Diadem’s expert advice, you’ll be able to manage your time more effectively, boost your productivity and get the final quarter of 2017 off to a flying start!