How To Reclaim Your Work Day And Revitalize Your Career Goals
Busywork describes the plethora of mindless yet seemingly pressing tasks that can seize you the moment you set foot in the office. They often threaten to take over your whole work day without leaving you time to do the things you set out to do.
Leaving this habit unchecked can potentially reduce your career to nothing more than day-to-day drudgery. Research shows that this absent-minded approach to work can have a negative impact on engagement, productivity, and even physical health!
Here are a few tips to reclaim your work day and renew your career goals:
Being mindful about the work you’re doing as you do it – a tactic also known as metacognition – is an effective way to bring purpose to the work you do while decreasing stress.
Stay on track by taking the time to understand how each of your tasks tie into both the corporate goals and your personal goals. The other key to mindful work is to identify the distractions that are prone to seizing your attention from more important tasks. Clearly pinpointing where and when distractions occur ahead of time can help you recognize them as soon as they happen, allowing your focus to return back to the task at hand.
Adhere to a Schedule
Having a strategic schedule can help you handle tasks proactively instead of reactively. Spend the first fifteen minutes at work offline in order to review your calendar and checklist. Only after you have named the three most important tasks to accomplish by day’s end should you turn on your computer. Tackle specific time-absorbing tasks such as reading and answering emails at predetermined intervals throughout the day, moving onto the next scheduled task as soon as the allotted time is up.
Commit to Bettering Yourself
Never stop learning! Some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg set aside up to five hours a day to concentrate on improving their skills and knowledge. This includes a wide range of endeavours such as reading, meditating, and experimenting. Developing a deliberate practice is a proven method to separating you from the crowd, and facilitating a successful, lifelong career.
Like any new habit, taking a structured, mindful approach to your goals and day-to-day work may take time and practice. However, it is well worth the effort and may be just what you need to revitalize your career!