According to Business Insider, the average American adult will spend 90,000 hours of their lifetime at work. How can you make the most of all that time in the office? Here’s 4 super simple ways to improve your work day.
1. Set a Plan First Thing
When you get into work, the best way to start your day is by setting a game plan. What do you need to accomplish today? What would you like to accomplish today? If you just blindly go through your day without a plan, odds are inefficiencies are going to creep in. You’re going to end up not finishing everything you wanted to. Having a plan will keep you on task throughout the day as well. When you finish one task, you already know what you need to get started on next, rather than being tempted to waste time because you don’t have your next priority figured out.
2. Go Old Fashioned (Pen & Paper for the Win!)
Not only should you organize your day, but you should do it with old fashioned pen and paper. According to The Startup, “physically written lists take the tasks into the real world making it no longer a task to rely on your memory and allow you to actually work on accomplishing the items on the list.” Having the written list in front of you at all times will help you stay on task and prioritize what needs to be done next. Plus it feel really good to physically cross off an item after you complete it.
3. Have an Inspirational Work Desk
You’re spending a lot of time at work, and most likely – a majority of those hours are spent at your desk staring at a computer screen. You should do your best to surround yourself in an inspiring environment! Put up pictures of friends and family that inspire you. Are you working towards a goal? Put a picture representing that goal up at your desk so you are reminded of it every day. Post up motivational quotes. You should be happy when you sit down at your desk – after all, you’re spending a lot of time sitting there. You might as well enjoy it.
4. Leave Your Desk Clean at the End of the Day
You know how you’ve heard all the benefits of making your bed each morning? Well, leaving a clean desk at the end of the day is the same idea. When you leave your desk organized and tidy before you leave the office, you come in the next morning to an uncluttered desk. You can begin the day with a fresh start.
By Allison Walke, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding