In This Issue
With the holiday season upon us, you may be overstressed and pressed for time. An increased workload if your company is dependent on seasonal sales or in the midst of fiscal 2013 planning, not to mention family commitments, are just a few reasons why you may be frazzled this time of year. This month we take a look at time management strategies that can help reduce your stress.
First, how should you decide what’s important when everything has an "ASAP" designation? Read our article How Do You Decide what is a Priority When Everything is Important? Like most everything we suggest, it begins with planning; easy tactics like creating a "to do" list each day where the only priorities on your list are just that – priorities. And if you’re the type of person who has to do everything themselves, now’s the time to start delegating – you’ll get more done at work; leaving more free time to focus on your holiday needs.
So what if you’ve started to employ the strategies above and everything still seems so important? It’s time to read Important or Urgent Tasks – How Do You Decide? This article will further help distinguish those tasks that are an absolute "must" from those that can be relegated to another day. First rule of thumb – urgent tasks have immediate deadlines, period. If you use this approach – as well as the others we suggest, you will be less inclined to blur the lines between important and priority projects, ensuring that you meet deadlines without undue stress.
Lastly, be sure to read Advantages of Being Flexible in the Workplace. Things such as telecommuting and new technologies have certainly made it easier to be more readily available – inside and outside of work. While this may seem to infringe on work–life balance, you can actually use it to your advantage. No longer are we tethered to our offices or computers, being able to access work anywhere at any time. Use this flexibility to your advantage – read how.
We hope these articles help you have a more productive and stress–free holiday. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays.