If you’re struggling to get through your work projects, there are a few strategies you can use to help you move through them a little quicker. All it takes is some planning and focus. Here are four tips for completing your work a little more quickly. You might even have some time left over to relax.
1. Have a plan
You will be able to get tasks done more quickly if you have a plan of attack. One of the best ways to be strategic about your work is to draft a to-do list. This will help you focus and stay on track. However, it will be important to make sure your list is realistic and can be completed within the amount of time you have available.
“The truth is anyone can write a list. The hard part is creating a list that’s actionable and also fits into your busy life,” said S.J. Scott in To-Do List Makeover: A Simple Guide to Getting the Important Things Done.
2. Be decisive
Once you have made a decision, stick to it. This is especially true if you are leading a team. Being indecisive will not only slow down your progress but could also cause your team members to feel less confident about your ability to lead. Provided that you have done the proper research, make your choice and resolve to see it through to its completion.
“One of the most important skills that you need to learn in life is quick and confident decision making…Quick and confident decision-making skills are skills that you need to have especially when faced with critical situations that require fast reactions and decisions,” said Ryan Cooper in Decision Making: The Ultimate Guide to Decision Making! How to Beat Procrastination, Stop Worrying, and Be Decisive to Make Critical Decisions with Intuition.
3. Set boundaries
Know when to turn down a project. It’s impossible (and exhausting) to be everything to everyone. Set limits and let people know that your time is valuable and that you must attend to the assignments that are most important first. Don’t allow others to take advantage of you.
“I didn’t know that every time I got angry or really stressed out, that my body would release stress hormones and my heart rate would increase and my blood sugar would get all messed up. I had no idea of the harm I was causing my body because I couldn’t say ‘no’ and I didn’t have the skills to manage or communicate my emotions in a healthy way,” said Charlene Richard in The Art of Saying “No” with Grace and Respect.
4. Complete unpleasant tasks first
If there are tasks on your to-do list that make you want to poke your eyes out, do them first. This way you’ll have more time and energy to tend to the more pleasant tasks. You’ll work so hard to get the undesirable tasks out of the way that you may even find you have free time to do the things you enjoy outside of work.
5. Get rid of distractions
Do you have a co-worker who just won’t stop talking? Do your best to lure them out of your work space. A Chatty Cathy can eat up your precious time and energy. Once he or she gets close to your desk or office, say that you can’t talk right now, try to look busy, and if he or she doesn’t get the hint, find an excuse to get up and leave. A talkative co-worker will just slow you down and make it very difficult to get back on track.