In my most recent leadership meeting, I was asked to present skills I wanted to improve.
I decided to start with an easy one: organization. Or rather, efficiency with my time.
I know I’ve shared my struggles with keeping my desk clean and organized, but this time I’m focusing on my work and daily/monthly/yearly to-do lists.
Monday through Friday, I have a multitude of tasks to complete. Month-to-month, there are even more undertakings. And don’t even get me started about looking at the year as a whole. While I’ve been staying afloat so far and managing to accomplish everything before it’s due, I know that as my workload increases, it will only become more difficult to keep my head above the surface and away from stress. I know I need to change my habits now before I could be overwhelmed by my ever-increasing workload. Otherwise, I’ll sink before I even get a chance to swim.
After calling out my organizational skills in the meeting, we talked about practical ways I could attempt to organize and thus, become more efficient with my time. This week, I’ve been experimenting with a few of those ways, and I’ve found two to be very effective.
This week, I suggest you make a daily to-do list. Sit down the day before and think about what you want to get accomplished tomorrow. By way of your monthly planner, look ahead and see what’s coming up. Then, plan out what steps tomorrow will ultimately help you in achieving the deadline at the end of the month.
It takes 10 to 15 minutes at the end of the day to do this, but the time it will save you tomorrow is worth it.