14 Mar 5 Tips to Organize Your Workload for the Week
As most of us already know, work can pile up fast, and it can be incredibly disheartening looking at a list of unfinished assignments, and it can be challenging to decide where to start. However, there are things that you can do to help yourself get situated! To help you get started, here are 5 helpful tips to help organize your workload for the Week!
Schedule your assignments in order of their deadlines.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: meeting deadlines is one of the most essential parts of any job. When you’re deciding where to start at the beginning of the Week, you should first consider your deadlines. Ask yourself these questions: which assignments can stand to wait for a bit? What absolutely must be turned in ASAP? You have less time to wait on the work, bump it to the top of your to-do list. If it can wait, schedule it for later. Just be sure to get it done in the first place!
Track assignments through a visual medium.
Give yourself something to look at once you’ve decided what to do and when to do it! Organizing your assignments on a planner or calendar can ease those feelings of stress and uneasiness that you may be experiencing. This can be done digitally, but having a physical reminder of the tasks you need to focus on can help make your work easier to visualize.
Give yourself room to breathe with your schedule.
This isn’t always something we can help with, but when we can, we should try to cut ourselves some slack when planning our Week’s workload. Making a schedule for yourself is one thing, but actually adhering to it is another thing entirely. Life happens! Sometimes, we cannot complete our work exactly when we’d like, so be sure to give yourself as much time as you can afford to spend on one particular assignment as possible. Just be sure not to take too long!
Complete similar tasks back-to-back.
When you’re working, it can help to do tasks similar to one another in a certain period. We can keep our “train of thought” moving consistently and potentially save ourselves some time in the long run by doing this. This can also prevent “jumping around” between different types of work, making it unnecessarily difficult to focus.
Remember to take breaks!
Ironically enough, taking breaks can be stressful. Sometimes, when we still have work that needs doing, we can feel guilty for taking time to do anything other than work. However, many people tend to come up with their best work ideas when they’re not working at all! Be it while you’re taking a shower, eating lunch, or browsing social media, taking time for yourself can help your brain overcome mental blocks that you may run into while you’re working.
Remember: set goals for yourself and work hard, but remember that you are human and cut yourself some while you’re at it!