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7 Steps To Organize A Productive Week Easily

7 Steps To Organize A Productive Week Easily

A very busy week can be a stressful time in a person’s life. You may feel like you aren’t getting anything done, and the end of your to do list seems impossible. During these times, having a process to organize your life into a more productive week can be a life saver.

Here are seven steps to organize a productive week for yourself.

1. Know what tasks need to be completed

Having a to do list is very important, if you want a more productive week. If you don’t know what needs to be done, then it would be very hard to accomplish anything.

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Make sure you have a list of the tasks that need to be done in the next week. Also, note which tasks will take more time than others. You should make a schedule of how long each tasks will take. This will give you a more realistic time frame of what you need to do that week.

2. Make smaller goals if you need to

If you have more than one project that needs to be done, then you should break it into smaller goals. Each smaller goal can act as a mental note, allowing you to determine how far you have come and how much further you need to go to accomplish your tasks.

3. Actually get organized

If you don’t know where anything is, you are wasting time that you cannot afford to lose. Make sure that everything you need to accomplish your goals and to have a productive week is organized into the correct places.

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4. Automate or outsource when you can

Do you find yourself often wasting time on things that you shouldn’t spend any time on? Undoubtably, there are tasks that you can automate by downloading some software or a plugin.

Think about any tasks you currently spend time on that you could be outsourcing to others.

5. Accomplish tasks from biggest to smallest or smallest to biggest

There is a reasoning for why you would do either. Some choose to accomplish bigger tasks first because they can then clear the way, knowing that only easy tasks are left. Some prefer to get rid of the smaller tasks first because then they can focus more time on the harder items.

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Whatever method you choose to do, you should definitely complete the urgent tasks right away, just in case an issue arrises and you end up needing more time than you originally thought.

6. Know your progress

If you are working on a rather large project, track your progress and record what you have done. If you have to constantly go back and try to remember what you have done and what you have left out, then you may find yourself wasting many precious minutes.

7. Know when you work best

If you have different tasks that need to be completed throughout the day, you should try to work on different tasks at the time when you work best. For example, if you are a morning person, then you may want to do your sales part of your job in the morning when you know that you are more outgoing. However, if you know that you are not a pleasant person in the mornings, then you will probably want to wait to do any sales tasks until later on. If you know when you work best and actually work during those times, you will have a more organized and productive week.

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What steps do you take to organize a productive week?

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

  • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

  • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

  • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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Different Folks, Different Strokes

Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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Productivity and Trust Killer

Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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A Flexible Remote Working Policy

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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