We can change a lot of things about how we work every day. When, how much and what to concentrate on and what to ignore. Those are the choices we make. But what we don’t have a choice Rates Fall to Lowest Levelsabout is how many hours there are in a day. For too many of us, at the end of a long day we ask, “Where did the time go?” If this feels like you, here are five basic tips you can put to use right away that will help manage the stress and become more efficient.

 

Get Into a Routine. Structure your day so that you’re following  a routine. Wake up at the same time each day and begin work at the same time. Set aside some time for relaxation. Turn off your email notifications and schedule in some time twice per day when you respond. Email is too distracting and if you’re at your desk working on a project and email pops up, it takes your mind out of what you’re concentrating on. Plan your meals at the same time. The point is to get into a regular routine and not constantly putting out fires.

There’s no such thing as multitasking. Sorry, but while people boast about doing multiple things at once, it’s probably the least efficient at getting things done. Each morning, prioritize the things you need to do and work on them one at a time, don’t let your mind jump from one project to another. You can’t recite the alphabet and whistle a tune at the same time. Be efficient with the time you have and be single-minded when working.

Let Go. Don’t be a superhero. Don’t try to do everything yourself to make sure it’s done right. There are a lot of smart people out there, too. Smarter ones use the resources of others to take care of various aspects of multiple projects.

Let the little things go. And speaking of working with others, you work on the projects that go with your strengths and let the smaller, less important tasks fall to others. Whatever you’re the best at, that’s where you focus your talents.

Go Dark. We mentioned how important it is to answer emails at particular times of day and so too should you put your phone in “silent” mode while you’re working on a project unless absolutely necessary. On your voicemail, leave a message that tells callers when you will be returning phone calls and to leave a message. “I return phone calls at 10:00 and 2:00.”