GINGER GALLOWAYBy: Ginger Galloway

Exhausted young businessman

Increase Your Efficiency and Productivity at Work

Your desk is a sea of folders with post-its. You have so much work on your plate that you don’t even know where to begin. How are you going to find the time to accomplish all these projects? You feel stuck, paralyzed.

Well, take comfort in the fact that your situation is not unique—we’ve all been there. Hopefully, you’ll find these tips useful for getting things done!

1. Create a to-do list! Believe or not, these days you can get a little help with this from the many apps for both IPhones and Android Smartphones. Most are free (just do a Google search). Give yourself deadlines. And be cognizant of what needs to be completed in priority of importance. Also, does someone else need to review before final? A second set of eyes can eliminate extra work later on.

2. Give yourself time. Don’t just jump headfirst at the beginning of the day—take five or ten minutes to review tasks, meetings and obligations. Think how you are going to work strategically and efficiently. Plan your day.

3. Utilize the two-minute rule. If you can knock it off your list in two minutes or less, attack and get it done!

4. Check in with yourself for five minutes before lunch. Are you working on schedule? Is there enough time in the rest of the day to complete your tasks?

5. Schedule time on your calendar for important tasks and phone calls, and stick to it!

6. Communicate frequently with your manager and colleagues to let everyone know what is pressing and takes priority on a particular day. Plan for external factors, such as family issues, that you feel may arise.

7. Take breaks to re-energize. Take a walk around the block (or even the parking lot). Have a glass of water, do a five minute meditation. Just close your eyes and breathe. It’s amazing what a few deep breaths can do to alleviate stress and get you focused.

Ginger Galloway is Vice President of Talent at Entertainment Partners. She has over two decades of experience in talent strategy, employee relations, company acquisitions and reorganizations, process improvement analytics, training and development.