In the last week I’ve talked to several clients about how they use their time at work and it made me consider whether I’m making the most of my time.
April is Work Habit Awareness Month, a good reminder to take a look at the habits you’ve developed (or would like to develop) at work.
If you want to make better use of your work time, you can benefit from creating habits that encourage you to finish important tasks and spend less time on low-value work.
Take a look at how you start your day and think about changes you can make. Can you avoid opening email or social media until a specific time? Can you connect your first cup of coffee with starting an important project?
One of the best habits you can form, if you haven’t already, is to keep one notebook or tablet on your desk so you can write notes to yourself when you remember things you need to do. Instead of stopping to do them, and interrupting your high-value work, write them down so you can come back to them later.
Try completing phone calls and emails in a block of time after lunch. Or, even better, make it a habit to take a walk after lunch. You’ll come back to work with renewed energy.
Want to read more about habits? Take a look at this blog post where I discuss Gretchen Rubin’s book Better than Before.