It doesn’t matter whether you’re working remotely or from your employer’s office, we all have the same issues regarding focus and time management throughout the workday. The question is, are you intentional about how you focus and manage your time?
Here are five proven ways to keep focused so that by the time you reach the end of the day, you will be proud of what you accomplished, and better yet, your team will notice.
If you’re like me, you live and die by your calendar. Here’s the trick about your calendar: don’t just use it for meetings and appointments—use it for project time! If I have a big project I need to dedicate time to or have many similar tasks that I can group, I put it in my calendar as an appointment. Two ways this benefits us: 1) It protects us from ourselves and others that might toss a last-minute meeting on the calendar, and 2) When we dedicate and schedule time to accomplish a project/task, we’re more likely to complete it.
A significant drain on your time is checking emails, Slack, or text messages as they come into your inbox. That constant interruption throughout the day might give us that hit of dopamine we want, but it keeps us from accomplishing the necessary work. The best way to handle these interruptions is to check them in intervals 3–4 times daily. Treat incoming communication like any project you would set aside time to complete.
An underrated time management tool is to take breaks throughout the day. When we sit for too long, it doesn’t do our bodies any favors. I know for me, I get fidgety, my focus wanes, and I get less interested in the task at hand if I sit too long. It’s ideal to take short breaks more frequently, such as every hour, to give our body and mind a time to reset.
Start your workday with your most challenging or crucial task. An excellent way to address this is to ask yourself: “What one task would I need to complete today for me to consider it a productive day?” When you tackle a challenging or essential task, it sets the tone for the entire day and often rolls into your next project or task. As the author Brian Tracy coined, “Eat That Frog!”
Do you spend a lot of time attempting to recall tasks assigned to you or notes from meetings that you need? Task management tools like Trello, Monday, Smartsheet, Asana, and Todoist are great ways to organize your tasks, set reminders, and log notes for future reference. Get everything out of your head and into a tool to help you get more done!
Hiring during the past 18-months of the pandemic has been a bit challenging to say the least. And it may get even more challenging as the war for talent heats up. As a recruiter or HR professional, the pressure is on you to find qualified talent that fits your organization, and it’s more complicated than ever. That’s why you must think strategically and execute new strategies to find the people that will lift your firm to new heights. Your firm is counting on you. If you’re stuck, consider these three recruiting and hiring strategies:
Industry experts say the “Great Resignation” is on the horizon as people make their way back to the office. The good news is that there is a way to prevent this from happening in your organization. Here are three ways you can avoid the “Great Resignation:”
If your firm was like most in the United States, you started working remotely in mid-March 2020. Now, 15 months later, employers and workers are reflecting on their time working remotely. What did we learn about ourselves and what we need as individuals? Hopefully, we learned a lot about what we want out of work and life in the future.