One way to reduce stress and anxiety related to your job is to become more organized and structured at work. This will help you be better prepared for the inevitable curve balls that come your way.
1) Create a to-do list
But limit it to only three to five items. Be focused on tackling the most important tasks facing you today and avoid becoming distracted by tasks that seem urgent but ultimately do not contribute to the success of your project, career, or company.
And create your list in an e-version rather than hard copy so that you don’t add to the clutter around your work area. If you don’t want to use a simple Word document you can find many apps available to assist with setting your daily priorities.
2) Simplify your workspace
Speaking of clutter, remove anything you don’t need from your desk or work area. Keep your space free of items (folders, files, papers, desk supplies, etc.) that are unnecessary to the work you’re doing. These items can make it difficult to concentrate or focus on the task at hand, or complicate finding some important notes you jotted down about the project you’re completing.
A clean, simple workspace will assist you in directing your energies more fully to the important tasks you’ve identified.
3) Schedule time to organize
Set aside 15-20 minutes in your day to organize your work area, systematize files and folders, and remove or delete unnecessary files.
Ensuring that you schedule just a few minutes to organize each day will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed in the future.
4) Plan for tomorrow
Before you leave work, take 10-15 minutes to evaluate your day, review your to-do list and set your priorities for the next day. This will enable you to relax and enjoy the evening better, and prevent you from the stress of thinking about what you need to get done.
5) Automate as much as possible
If there are ways to use apps, programs, or other tools to automate task associated with your work find a way to incorporate them into your workflow. This can free up time for the most important things you do in your work day and can ease stress levels.
Spend a few minutes today researching apps related to your job and you can yourself better equipped and more organized tomorrow.
Previously published on STAND Magazine
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