Don't Feel Overwhelmed
When negative emotions get tangled with business affairs, nothing positive stems from it. Not only will it cloud your judgment, it will probably taint your motivation and stall your productivity.
Know What To Expect
If you arrive at your desk every week expecting to start with a clean slate, then you're in for a nasty surprise. Not only are you deceiving yourself, you're also setting the scene for disappointment. Always prepare to have last minute things to do.
Deal With Urgent Matters... Yesterday
If the bank president personally returns a call concerning the possibility of an extended credit line for your company, call him back as soon as possible. Don't put off what can potentially aid your firm's growth and expansion. Take care of the important tasks now -- the menial things can wait.
Prioritize your tasks
Every task has a degree of importance when compared to the rest. Use this as a constant benchmark for your to-do list. If the task in question can make or break the company, don't put it off. In other words, respond to your #1 client needs before taking time to clean the office microwave, if it's your week to do so. Catch my drift? Prioritize baby.
Prepare A To-do List
Jotting down your current tasks will ease your mind as you'll be able to move forward at a steady pace. Prepare a standard checklist on a daily or weekly basis, and update it with new duties that come your way.
Finalize Things On Fridays
If every Monday morning is usually as hectic as the ticket gates on Super Bowl Sunday, then get things done on Friday. Don't be afraid to crunch right before the weekend -- clear your head of uncompleted tasks and enjoy your days off until your return.
Plan Some Emergency Time
As new projects constantly take on twists and turns, expect to postpone your currently task to put final touches on more pressing issues. This leeway time should be estimated at about 10-15% of your work week.
Deal With Issues As They Come
Dealing with everyday problems is not something you can sit down and plan. You have to deal with these impromptu events as they come along.
Go For A Midday walk
Working straight through the day is not the best way to get through your Monday. Doing so only brings down your efficiency and bogs you down mentally. Take a walk in the park, eat your lunch and appreciate the outdoors.
Know Your Limits
Even a model employee has limitations when it comes to work. Piling on the work hurts morale and can send any employee into a seemingly endless rut. If you really feel there is too much work for you, tell your boss about it. Superiors will be sympathetic if you explain that there is simply too much on your plate. Remember, they were once in your shoes and can feel apathy.
Taking time to settle things on Monday will bring some order to the rest of your week. Planning your activities with the aforementioned to-do list will set the wheels in motion in a well-oiled manner, resulting in minimal amounts of ulcers and headaches.
Many times, we waste so much time contemplating what was has to be done rather than actually getting to work. Look at the bigger picture and move on with things. Answer your e-mail, transfer your calls to voice mail and get your hands dirty with work. You'll thank me later.