Thursday, April 17, 2014

Managing Priorities To Get Tasks Done

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with work?

I am sure that at some point, everyone does. It can be difficult to balance relationships, work, and school. As a senior in college looking for work, finishing final projects, and seeking to spend time with my family and friends, it can be very easy to go off the edge. Here are a few things I have learned to prioritize and get work done.

1. Know there is no time to waste
From the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, there is no such thing as spare time. When it's crunch time, all of your energy should go towards your assignments and goals. There is no time to waste on Angry Birds or on the phone gossiping. Get to work! Once things slow down, you can catch up on leisure.

2. Do not be afraid to say no
If you are overwhelmed and your boss asks you to take another project, politely ask if they can wait until you finish your current task. If your friend wants to hang out on a Wednesday night, let her know you wish you could come, but you can't. Never kill yourself to make other people happy. At the end of the day, you will either end up rushing an important project or missing a deadline.

3. Plan rewards for yourself
When I get all my work done I buy my favorite snack, sushi and brownies. That is only if I got all my work done. We are all children on the inside, and after stressful times we often just want to unwind, eat junk, and recuperate. That's fine. Never work crazy for weeks without a break. Give yourself a break at the end of a successful week, recharge, and do it all over again!


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