The idea of time passing can be a scary one. Especially when you have many deadlines looming and don't know where to start. Fear not! With these tips, you'll learn to beat time anxiety at work for good and get more done in less time.
Write down your tasks
Write down what all needs to be done on a sheet of paper or on your computer so that you don't forget anything. If it seems too daunting, just write the most important tasks first and break the others into smaller pieces later.
Plan your day before you start your day
The night before, map out what you need to do the next day. Set realistic and achievable goals for yourself.
Take breaks as needed
I know this is one of those things that you're probably not supposed to do according to most productivity experts. But breaks are important for keeping your brain fresh! And they can actually help you get more done in less time.
Use a timer
Set a timer for how long it should take you to do one task. If you finish the task quickly, move onto the next. If not, you have more time to work on it.
Ask for help
Sometimes no matter how hard we try or how well we plan our day, there are just some things that can't be done in one day. If this happens, break down your tasks into smaller pieces and ask for help from other people at work.
Instead of focusing on the bigger picture, build up small achievements and celebrate them!
Don't deny yourself time to relax
Plan a 20-minute break every day so that you can relax by yourself. Don't let yourself be bothered by work during your breaks and don't worry about the phone ringing.
Use technology wisely
Learn how to use toasts and stopwatches wisely so that you have nothing but good things to say about them.
Don't overwhelm yourself
If you have a list of tasks that you need to do, break them down into manageable chunks and focus on the ones that really matter. In doing this, you'll be able to get through even harder tasks well.
Admire your progress
Write down everything you've achieved the previous day or week and smile while reading it. This will help you gain momentum so that you strive to do even better tomorrow!
Don't be afraid of change
When there are changes in your environment, like a change in your routine or the arrival of a new team member, don't panic. Instead, embrace the change and do what's best for you.
Give yourself credit!
Take time at the end of each day to reflect on what you've achieved. Even if you didn't get through everything that you wanted to, remember that you're human and you're allowed to make mistakes. Learning from these mistakes is what will bring you closer to your goals in the future.
Create a schedule
Whether it's daily, weekly, or monthly, giving yourself a plan will help keep you on track. Rearrange your schedule as necessary but don't let yourself be overcome by haste.
Take a break
Treat yourself to something nice when you've reached a goal! Don't forget to set aside some time for fun so that your work doesn't seem like a burden.
Don't fret about making mistakes
Mistakes just show that you're trying and can help you learn from your mistakes. Learn from them and keep doing what you're doing!
Break down complex tasks
If something sounds too hard, break the task down into smaller tasks that are more manageable.
The entire office will prosper if you develop stronger relationships, strengthen communication, and ask for support. Anxiety can still be present in your everyday life to some degree, but it does not have to prevent you from doing good work and enjoying your job. Remember that, while anxiety is an uncomfortable emotion, it also provides you with an opportunity to advance in your career. The more you confront your fear in the workplace rather than avoiding it or complaining about it, the more important the stressor would be to knock you off your game.