If you are a working mom, chances are you’ve heard one (or more) of the following: “I wish you could just stay home with me,” “Why can’t you come to my game?” “Is your job more important than me?” or “I don’t want to go to the baby-sitter’s after school.” Such statements can tug at the heart-strings of parents who are already feeling pressure to be productive at the office while juggling parental duties.
Some people find happiness by being planners. They enjoy creating lists and checking off tasks. To them, scheduling activities or get-togethers in advance is a sign of respect, and they expect others to be on time and ready to participate.
Other people prefer a more spontaneous style. They like to go with their mood and the flow of the day rather than feel “stuck” by a premade schedule. Time isn’t so concrete to them, and abandoning one plan when a better alternative arises seems logical.
We’ve all become very accustomed to doing a million things at once. And while juggling a variety of tasks and projects may be unavoidable (and perhaps even comfortable to many of us), there is lots of research showing the downsides of multitasking.
A much better strategy: try the “batching” approach. This means groups similar tasks or projects (or those that call for a similar type of mindset) together, and doing them in succession, allowing yourself to get in a nice groove.
Jobs within a company may involve different talents, responsibilities, and demands, but paths to finding success at any of them require similar behaviors. Today and tomorrow, we’ll hear from Daniel Steenerson -- founder and CEO of San Diego-based Disability Insurance Services -- who offers principles anyone can start using right now to achieve success:
Productivity is all about what you accomplish—meaning, tasks you complete. You don’t get any point for starting things and then dropping them later. Spending time and energy on tasks that go nowhere is a huge productivity-killer. Not only does it waste your valuable time, but it also hurts your morale and motivation because you never get the satisfaction of reaching the finish line. Not to mention, it will also hurt your professional image if you get a reputation as someone who can’t follow through on what they start.
Rainy April mornings lend themselves to hitting the snooze button once or twice, leaving workers pressed for time when they finally do get up. Avoid a frantic start to the day by trying one or more of these tips for coaxing yourself out of bed:
Put the alarm in an inconvenient place.
Force yourself to abandon the cozy covers by placing the clock across the room or on a high bookshelf.
Make your bed immediately.
Moving around gets the blood flowing, and you’ll remove the visual temptation to curl back up.
Most likely, a typical day for you is packed with activities, meetings and other important obligations. It would be much easier to keep track of everything if you could see your entire day—and everything planned for it—at one quick glance.
That’s the idea behind DayViewer, an easy to use online organizer that includes an online calendar and online contact manager system. When you combine those two elements, it is much easier to keep track of what you need to do—and whom you need to contact—for that particular day.
Who couldn’t use a few more minutes (or hours) in the day? In this third installment of our “Right Now” series of take-action advice, Angie Mattson -- Chief Efficiency Officer with Your Organized Guide, Inc., and author of How Your Disorganization is Stealing Your Time, Your Attention, and Your Health – shares some strategies:
A few (or not so few) minutes on Facebook, an animated 10-minute conversation about March Madness – just because people are at work does not mean they are actually being productive. In fact, a new study by Salary.com found that 69 percent of workers say they “waste time” at work daily, up five percent since last year.
When you have a ton of things to do and are eager to cross things off your list, your natural instinct may be to just knuckle down and try and work nonstop for as long as possible until you can get everything done. In fact, it can seem downright ridiculous to even contemplate taking a break, let alone several of them.