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|11 Oct|4 mins

8 Work Hacks You Need To Know

Executive suite here you come. Or better still, a work-free weekend.
Elle Glass
11 Oct
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“Being a writer sucks … It’s like having homework every single day of your life.” So lamented David Duchovny’s Hank in Californication. And it’s a feeling most of us can relate to on the work front. The nine ‘til five is a whole like more like the eight ‘til seven and it’s standard issue to feel like you’re getting nowhere, fast. “Without a clear plan and strategy for your workday in place, most people end up overcommitted, overwhelmed and overworked,” writes business bible Forbes writes. As the amount of hours Australians spend at their desk is on the rise in a big way, it’s time to work out how to stay ahead of your game without upping your time sheets.

So, here’s some hacks to keep you four steps ahead on the work front.

Advice
|11 Oct|4 mins

8 Work Hacks You Need To Know

Executive suite here you come. Or better still, a work-free weekend.
Elle Glass
11 Oct
Share:

“Being a writer sucks … It’s like having homework every single day of your life.” So lamented David Duchovny’s Hank in Californication. And it’s a feeling most of us can relate to on the work front. The nine ‘til five is a whole like more like the eight ‘til seven and it’s standard issue to feel like you’re getting nowhere, fast. “Without a clear plan and strategy for your workday in place, most people end up overcommitted, overwhelmed and overworked,” writes business bible Forbes writes. As the amount of hours Australians spend at their desk is on the rise in a big way, it’s time to work out how to stay ahead of your game without upping your time sheets.

So, here’s some hacks to keep you four steps ahead on the work front.

Have a coach slash mentor
Someone who has been there, done that and is more than familiar with the industry you’re trying to crack. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel and no shame in learning from other people’s mistakes.

Slow it down
We know this might feel counterproductive, but taking the time to properly tackle what’s you your plate in the here and now will mean it gets your full focus. It always ensures you stay focused and grounded and aren’t as romanced by distractions.

Don’t hold back
Elizabeth Gilbert – author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – says there’s a danger in holding back. “All too often, women are the ones holding themselves back from participating in the first place,” she writes. “Holding back their ideas, holding back their contributions, holding back their leadership and their talents. Too many women still seem to believe that they are not allowed to put themselves forward at all, until both they and their work are perfect and beyond criticism …” Read more on why you need to let go of perfectionism right now.

Tighten up your meetings
Keep your meetings as short and as brief as possible. Always leave with a to action list with dates attached to them.

Set time for aside for new ideas
Don’t be distracted by the shiny and the new – write it down, always in the one place and then circle back to it at a certain time / day when you know you have the headspace and the creative energy to deal with it. Trust those ideas. Give them the space to become what they need to be. Ideas are, after all, driving by a single, unwavering impulse: to be made manifest. Give them your full attention.

Don’t be a slave to your emails
Emails, notifications, whatever else is forever on – the ultimate distraction. Restrict them to checking 3 to 4 times a day.

Write your to-do list the day before
And revise each morning. This means you leave the desk feeling focused and clear for the next day.

Set yourself time limits
And stick to them. Set up reminders in your phone, alarms in the next room, whatever. The Pomodoro method is a great one – get a timer and work in a set amounts of 20-minute blocks. Plenty of tea / coffee / nap breaks included.

Elle Glass
Writer
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