As a Communications or PR professional, have you found yourself screaming TGIF at the end of the working week but struggling to get yourself out of bed; dreading the Monday morning workload a few days later?
Are you often caught in the middle of the battle between “Me time” and “Work time”? i.e. being tempted to occasionally pick up the phone to post a tweet, check out a post/gossip on social media or send a hello to a colleague on Whatsapp, which later evolves into an hour long conversation.
Do you feel like you are beginning to slack six (6) weeks into your new job and having a situation, where you have to navigate through what seemingly looks like a landmine to meet your job targets?
If you find yourself in any of these categories, i want to share with you some ways, i ensure that i stay productive at the workplace:
- Start the night before
Before the Monday morning rush hour begins, borrow some time for yourself the night before in order to ensure that you are fully prepared for the start of the working week.
Use the night before to plan your activities for the week. Take stock of what needs to be done and what you will need for the first day of the working week. If possible, plan out your week well ahead of time.
Furthermore, ensure that things like your wardrobe for the week are taken care of. It might surprise you that a simple tasks like choosing an outfit to iron on a Monday morning can become stressful, when you are doing it at 7am.
Doing all of these will ensure that you are going to retire to bed and knowing that you can get a good night’s sleep – which is absolutely vital in guaranteeing that you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the first working day of the week.
- Make it a point to always get to work early
Punctuality is the key to making a good impression from the get-go. If you happen to work in any major city in Ghana, especially Accra, it is always imperative to get to work early. If you doubt me, try getting to work at a place like East Legon or Spintex after 7am.
Getting to work early does not only ensure that you beat the thick traffic, which usually welcomes commuters on a Monday morning but also affords you enough time to relax once you get to work and plan your work routine before you start the day.
- Prioritize your tasks
There is a saying that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. I also believe that those who fail to prioritize, plan to be unproductive or at worse average.
In order to be productive at work, it is always vital to create a to-do list; with the most important stuff first, and set deadlines for yourself. This could be done in a diary, note pad or if you happen to work a lot from your computer like I do, you can use the virtual sticky pad.
Adopting this approach and an organised plan for the day ensures that you are able to work from a stress-free point of view, and having the knowledge that the most pressing tasks are going to be out of the way first.
- Hit the ground running
You have had a good and long respite from work and once you get to work on Monday, the normal routine would be to chit chat with colleagues about how their weekend went. Ever found yourself using the first few hours of your Monday to do this? Don’t worry. You are not alone. Most of us are guilty of this.
It is often said that how you begin anything is essential. So how you start your first working day of the week should always matter. Though often seen as a busy day, the truth is that it also comes with some energy, which must be harnessed to get the best out of the day. For instance, if you have a major task to undertake, just get on with it straightaway and achieve some early week goals and targets.
As Charles Darwin rightly puts it, “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Don’t waste time once you get to work. Get busy.
Read more about Ways to stay productive at the workplace tomorrow.