6 Ways to Schedule a More Productive Work Week

6 Ways to Schedule a More Productive Work Week

It’s hard to stay on top of your work, especially when working from home as we all know how easily kids, pets, laundry and cleaning can take precendent over work. Suddenly those deadlines seem to approach more quickly than they did in the office. To help you stay on track with your work, we’ve compiled a list of six ways to schedule a more productive work week. Say goodbye to being overwhelmed and unprepared as you take on every day with full force!

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Plan Your Week in Advance 

One way to keep on top of your work is by planning your week out in advance. Start by planning how you want your week to look by scheduling your plans on the Friday before. Write down deadlines and tasks that are most important and need to be completed first. Plan your time to focus on these projects first and work on smaller tasks in between or after. Making schedules and setting priorities you can stick to is a helpful tool to successfully complete your work on time.

Focus on Outcomes and Results

Instead of rushing to finish task after task, focus on one project at a time. By giving your undivided attention to one important task at a time, the quality of the work you put into it will have a more satisfying outcome than if you just rushed to finish. By using your time to really focus, the results of your work will have greater rewards.

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Limit Distractions

It can be hard to say no to your kids who are begging for attention mid-afternoon. Or look your dog in the eye knowing you can't play fetch with them right away. The fear of letting other people down can be overwhelming but treating work at home the same way you would in the office is key to managing your weekly workload. By saying no to non-work related distractions throughout the day, you'll find that you’re more focused at work and get tasks done in a quicker and more efficient manner. 

Less Screen Time 

When you set aside time to work on tasks, it is important to also set aside your phone. What we think are little distractions can take away from the time you anticipated to use for work. This can cause you to fall behind on tasks and not complete assignments you expected to have done. Shut off the phone so you can get in your zone! Pay attention to how much time you spend on your phone or watching TV throughout the work day. If it doesn't help you check a task off your list, it's not a beneficial way to spend your time.

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Designing Action Steps 

Start by setting goals for yourself. Ask yourself: what are projects you know need to be done first? What are things you enjoy working on in between? Then give yourself deadlines. Your job already assigns you deadlines, so give yourself a different deadline that allows you time to proof your work to your satisfaction. Form a schedule that will help you to stick to the deadlines you set. Finally, set reminders for yourself to prompt you to work on the projects you want to complete for the week.

Track Progress

It can be hard to tell if you’re succeeding at planning when you feel like you’re constantly drowning in work. It’s important to take a breath and reward yourself for your accomplishments. Make sure to track your progress so you can visually see the goals you’ve set and have successfully completed!

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We know there are many tactics you can take to plan out your week, but we hope these ideas will help get you through your workload stress-free! Don’t forget to reward yourself after accomplishing your planned goals. Let us know if these helped you by tagging us on twitter!

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