Working smarter – Tips for leaving the office on time

Working Smarter

We all know about work-life balance, and read articles designed to show us how easy it is to manage our time so that we don’t spend a whole day responding to e-mails that don’t contribute to our role. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, so we thought we’d share a few simple do’s and don’ts to help you be productive during your work hours and get home on time more often.

Do – plan your week, break the big jobs down into smaller tasks and assign them time in your calendar. Do your best to stick to that plan, and adjust each day according to the day that’s just gone.

Don’t – try to fit everything into one day – there will always be unexpected tasks that will crop up, and trying to do too much in one day will always result in late nights at the office.

If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail! – Benjamin Franklin

Do – ask for help where it’s needed, if you know someone else can take a look at the copier while you make that important phone call, do it.

Don’t – take on extra work when you know you can’t fit it in. Often it means giving priority to another person’s work, and helps them leave on time, while you work overtime getting your own tasks completed!

If you don’t have time for the small things, you won’t have time for the big things – Richard Branson

Do – stay late if it’s necessary – there will be days where it just has to be done, monitor what you’re doing, and what the outcome would be if you left it until tomorrow.

Don’t – stay late just to look like you’re working late. If you don’t need to be there, you might as well be at home relaxing.

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time – Abraham Lincoln

Do – tell people when you plan to leave, then if there are things they need your help with, they can seek you out before that time.

Don’t – get caught up in things like social media and gossiping – these things take up valuable time. Enjoy your time with your colleagues by engaging in meaningful conversation, and knowing when to step away and continue working

Saying no, even though it’s hard to do, frees me up to say ‘yes’ to what matters – Crystal Paine

Do – block out the last 30 minutes of your day in your calendar so that you can review what you got done, and adjust your diary for the next day.

Don’t – feel bad when you leave on time! If you sense resentment from others, try talking to them about why it’s important for you to leave on time, and give them some examples of how you manage your day to make sure you can leave on time – you never know, you may change someone else’s habits!

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