How To Organize Your Work Day For Success

 

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photo: Sincerely Jules

 

Most of us spend, on average, 40-50 hours a week at work, five days a week, 48 weeks of the year. If we work until we’re in our fifties, that’s a third of our lives spent working!

So it’s no surprise we want to have the happiest, most successful careers possible. We want every day to be worth it! To make sure you’re getting the most out of your working day, check out our top 5 tips for organizing your work day for success.

1. Set intentions for the day first thing:

Before you get stuck into any tasks, sit down and write a list (we love lists at Career Girl Daily!). Write out your intentions for the day – what your most important tasks are, what goals you’d like to reach, what you’d like to accomplish by the end of the day.

2. Do short and easy tasks for the first hour:

Lots of people say jump right into your hardest task of the day. But if that ends up being so hard you don’t accomplish anything else all day, and you don’t even finish that task, you could wind up feeling super frustrated! Avoid feeling like you’ve accomplished nothing by getting some quick and easy tasks out of your way first thing.

3. Do hardest tasks in the AM:

That said, once that hour is up, dive into your tough tasks! Doing these in the morning guarantees you’ll be as fresh as possible. You’ll be much better equipped for dedicating your morning energy to those challenges! And you’ll also come away in the afternoon feeling like you’ve done some really hard work.

4. Set specific times for emails:

One of the best tips we can offer at Career Girl Daily is to set aside a couple of hours each day for inbox attention – and don’t look at your inbox outside of those hours! Create an automatic reply to any emails that arrive outside of those times explaining what your email reply time is and provide a telephone number for urgent stuff. Never get lost down the dark rabbit hole of emailing for hours again!

5. Start and finish at the same time every day:

Some of the most successful Career Girls – take Arianna Huffington or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for example – stick to the same routine, day in and day out. It’s so helpful for developing steady habits and for avoiding lackluster days wasted away procrastinating. So try and create a work routine! In at the same time, out at the same time. That way you have set parameters for getting work done.


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  • Carolina Calpurnia

    Really nice post, as it is really important to plan the day ahead.

    Carolina ;)

    https://carolinascornerblog.wordpress.com

  • I agree about doing the hardest task in the A.M, it just sets the mood for the whole day and keeps you motivated!

    Love your blog! You just got a new follower! ♥ Keep up the good work!

    With Love,
    Anna || Fuzzword

  • Wendy Dewar Hughes

    Those are good, workable ideas. I especially like the second one about doing easy tasks. My best energy is in the afternoon so that’s when I do the heavy lifting work.

  • Meg

    I love setting intentions – and seeing those intention come to fruition! I have “8:00-8:30” and “4:30-5:00” blocked out for just this on my calendar. What the rest of team can see is “Busy” and know not to schedule anything on my calendar or call me during those times, as I begin and wrap up the work day. I usually stay in office until 6, to have time to finalize the day feeling ready for the next work day. It isn’t a reality for me to not respond to emails at all times, that is one I am still working on!