So you’ve been happily employed for a couple of years. You’ve negotiated the office politics, can navigate every corner and half-step of your commute with your eyes closed and pretty much breeze through the days without a hitch. However, you still find yourself wasting a lot of time that could be spent out of the office – you need to learn to trim the fat.
I’m not sure where this sensibility comes from but young working people seem to associate staying long hours and exerting themselves to their limits with ‘working hard’. The truth is that as long as you’re doing your job correctly, it doesn’t matter how long it takes.
“There’s just not enough time in the day”, everyone says. We’ve these five tips you can trim the fat of your day and get more done in less time!
1. Arrive early, leave on time
We’ve talked about in the past how important and realistic it is to leave work at 5pm, regardless of how busy you are. If you take into account the amount of time you waste in the morning because of other people, you probably get about an hour of decent work done before lunch. Get most of your work done before anyone turns up and you’ll be better off!
2. “I got it”
People love the sound of their own voices, they also love making asks sound more complex than they really are. Don’t be afraid to cut people off when you get the gist of what they’re saying. The worst situation is where you’ve said you understood a point over and over and the person talking insists on continuing!
3. The first twenty minutes
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Like we said before, time wasted at the beginning of the day compounds throughout the day! Spend the first twenty minutes just planning your day out and visualising a successful and productive eight hours!
4. Start before doubt sets in
When you have a project or big piece of work to start on, letting it stew at the base of your to-do list will only give passage to its shadows. As soon as you have a good idea, act on it. The longer you wait, the higher the chance of you convincing yourself it’s not such a great idea.
5. Be a bit cut-throat
People don’t have your time interests at heart. Sometimes you’ve just got to trim them out of your work day. Even if you come across a bit rude, just apologise and power through.