Everybody has experienced that Monday morning feeling when arrive in the office and your overflowing email inbox, packed schedule of meetings and endless to-do list is the last thing you want to do. There are a hundred places and things you’d rather be doing with your time, namely go back to bed and hide under the duvet the day is over. However, we are responsible adults with bills to pay and a career to think of so how do you get through the workday? On these tough days when you need an extra push to tackle the procrastination, here are a few suggestions:
1. Prioritise the most important tasks first
Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work you need to get done, start of by determining which tasks are the most urgent. Consult your calendar and review those that need to be tackled first and need your immediate attention and which can wait until tomorrow. Remember there are only so many hours in the day so be realistic. Once you’ve established those that need your immediate attention, then focus on the low hanging fruit, any “quick hits” before taking on the remainder of your big tasks. Small bitesized tasks are more manageable and less overwhelming. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way home!
Chaining yourself to your desk all day is no help to anyone. Taking regular breaks is not only good for your concentration and motivation but it is great for your health. Studies have shown that moving around every few hours, even if it is just to go make a cup of coffee can prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and more. Stand up, get some air, stretch your legs, chat to a colleague, go to the store. Take a break and think about something non-work related for 10 minutes then get your head down to finish the rest of the tasks on your list. Before you know it the day is already over.
Give yourself something to look forward to after work. Go to the gym, make dinner plans with a friend, register for a networking event, take an evening class, whatever it is having an afterwork activity gives you something to look forward to at the end of the day. Time flies when you are motivated and having something fun to reward yourself with.
It doesn’t matter what stage of your career you’re at, everyone has those days when you struggle to get motivated. Remember before you get your knickers in a twist or feel depressed about your looming workload, take a breath and work through these 3 things to get through the workday.