Six Tips to Make the Most of Your Office Hours

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Getting everything done during the day is not always possible and often the day spreads into the night affecting time with family and sleep. There are some good ways to make the most of every hour while you are at work. Here are 6 tips that you could consider and try to increase your productivity and make that business sizzle.

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Planning: Plan the day out before you begin. Prioritize items so that you focus on the right stuff and don’t spend time dealing with the most urgent. Sometimes task are better performed in an order that you plan out in advance.

Do It: Try to do things yourself before consulting others. If you find yourself waiting to discuss a job with others but cannot get the group together, start working on the task now and present what you have completed when the meeting arrives.

Focus: Stay focused on the task that you are currently working on. Distractions are everywhere, especially with the Internet and our phones only a quick reach away. Try to keep distractions away by getting away from them. And if you are online, stay away from the social sites and the email until you get a break. Make it a goal to finish the task early so you can check your email before the next task is scheduled to start.

Deadlines: Give yourself a deadline, and make it something that you cannot reach. This will motivate you to work efficiently to meet the deadline you have set. The pressure of the deadline will keep you focused.

Delegate: Understand the jobs that you do well and the jobs that others can do to free up your time. If you are doing mundane routine tasks but are the manager, there’s someone else or a technology that can complete the task while you do more important things. Find out what others are really good at and ask those individuals to focus on those specific tasks.

Get out of there: Allowing your go home time to be flexible allows for time wasting during the day. If you have a set time to leave the office and set number of tasks to complete, you won’t waste time doing things that will push you beyond the go home time.


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