Reclaim your time with these 4 tips
As an entrepreneur, it’s important to organize your time and workspace to stay as efficient and productive as possible. However, it’s easy to lose control of both of these things during bouts of situational disorganization, such as when you’re traveling or working on a big project.
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It can be disheartening to return from a trip or finish a project and be faced with your time and space in complete disarray. While it may take you a day or two to bring order back, there are some things that you can do before, during, and after a trip or big project to make reclaiming your time and space a lot easier and faster.
1. Do your prep work.
Prior to a trip or big project, clean up your workspace and tackle as many to-dos as possible. If you’re going to be working on a big project, you may want to prepare meals in advance, arrange for childcare, and tackle household tasks that could get in the way. You should also let the people you work or live with (if you work from home) know that you will be out or busy and ask that they be respectful and helpful during this time. Doing all of these things will reduce your stress level and allow you to better focus.
2. Create procedures
If you have someone who can fill in for you while you’re out, create a set of procedures that he or she can follow to get important tasks done. (If you don’t have someone who can help, consider researching virtual assistants at www.ivaa.org, www.elance.com, www.guru.com, or www.upwork.com.) This will keep things from piling up while you’re working or traveling. The less you have to tackle when you return to your regular schedule, the better!
3. Allow time for getting reset when you return
This may mean scheduling a recovery day following your trip, working a little later for a few days, or blocking off several hours so you have time to process through things that have stacked up while you’re away. A Virtual Assistant can help while you’re away and help you resettle when you return. Giving yourself this time is essential if you want to get back on track quickly.
4. Anticipate the next spell of situational disorganization
Get yourself ready for the next time you’ll be away or busy by restocking necessary supplies at your workspace, cleaning out and restocking travel bags, and putting away any files, travel documents, or other items. The goal is to do some of the prep work for the next trip or project.
Everyone experiences periods of situational disorganization – whether they’re working in an office or at home. It’s how you go about reclaiming your time and space when you return that determines whether you bounce back quickly or struggle through the first few days (or weeks). By following these tips, I hope you’re able to recover quickly and get back to being your productive self!
Please share your thoughts and comments
Do you have a big project or trip on the horizon? How will make sure that you bounce back effortlessly? Which of these tips will work best for you? Let us know in the comments below!
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Julie Perrine, CAP-OM, is an administrative expert, author, speaker, and all around procedures pro. She is the founder and CEO of All Things Admin, a company dedicated to developing and providing breakthrough products, training, mentoring, and resources for administrative professionals worldwide.
Julie has more than 20 years of experience in the administrative profession spanning several industries and serving in corporate and startup settings. She is also the author of The Innovative Admin: Unleash the Power of Innovation In Your Administrative Career (book), several ebooks, and the latest release, The Organized Admin (book).